Apollo to the Moon

Photography

Apollo Command Module 16mm Camera

Command Module Camera

This command module camera, carried on Apollo 11, was a simplified version of the commercial Hasselblad 500 EL motorized film advance camera. Used for color still photography, it could operate in the command module or in the vacuum of space.

Apollo 12 Lunar Movie Camera

Data Acquisition Camera and Lenses

A modified 16mm movie camera was mounted in a window of the lunar module and was used to obtain sequential photographs of crew activities outside on the lunar surface.


Apollo 70mm Hasselblad Camera

Lunar Surface 70mm Hasselblad Camera

Used for lunar surface color still photography. This camera was adapted from the commercial Hasselblad Superwide Angle camera and could operate on Earth, in space and on the Moon without modification.

Lunar Camera and Film Magazine

70mm Hasselblad Film Magazine

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong used this film magazine during his Apollo 11 moonwalk. The magazine fits the lunar surface 70mm Hasselblad camera and holds 200 exposures of a thin-based film.



Lunar Television Camera

Black and White Lunar Surface TV Camera


Telecast of Astronaut Neil Armstrong Descending Ladder to Lunar Surface

Replica of the television camera used to transmit images of Armstrong and Aldrin, first men on the Moon. The original camera is still on the Moon. The camera recorded the famous television image of Armstrong about to take his first step on the Moon while announcing, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."



Apollo Automatic Spot Meter

Automatic Spot Meter

Exposure meter used by Apollo 11 astronauts to set their camera exposures accurately in the stark lighting conditions of space.

Apollo 17 Gnomon

Gnomon with Color Chart

The Gnomon was used to indicate surface slope and color to aid scientists in studying lunar surface photographs.


Stereo Close-Up Camera

This type of 35mm camera was used to take pairs of close-up photographs of the lunar surface. When the camera's base was placed on the Moon's surface and the trigger under the handle pulled, the camera would photograph the area beneath its lenses. The resulting photographs would give a three dimensional or stereoscopic effect when placed in a special viewer.

Apollo Lunar Stereo Camera