Viewfinder, Camera, Leica, Friendship 7

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

In order for John Glenn to take photographs during his February 20, 1962 mission while still wearing his bulky spacesuit, NASA engineers modified a Leica camera with this special viewfinder. This special attachment featured a suction cup on the back side to allow Glenn to easily place the device against the visor when he was required to keep it down. The viewfinder was removeable for when Glenn did not need his visor down, and the velcro strip on the rounded top let him manage its location inside the spacecraft.

NASA transferred this rangefinder to the Museum along with all other Friendship 7 equipment in 1967.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA

Materials

  • Overall: metal, plastic
  • Suction cup: rubber

Dimensions

3-D: 6.4 x 3.8 x 7.6cm (2 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Photographic

Inventory Number

A19670201000