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Space Shuttle astronaut Kenneth Cockrell with a digital Nikon NASA F4 HERCULES
Reflected in the visor is the camera used for this astronaut "selfie"
Astronaut Christopher Cassidy holding a camera while on EVA (Space-walk)

NASA has operated several cameras on spacecraft over the course of its history.

Apollo Program


Personal camera equipment:[2]

Space Shuttle program

Lunar missions

The camera used two lenses to simultaneously expose a wide-angle and a high-resolution image on the same film. The wide-angle, medium resolution mode used an 80 mm F 2.8 Xenotar lens manufactured by Schneider Kreuznach, Germany. The high-resolution mode used a 610 mm F 5.6 Panoramic lens manufactured by the Pacific Optical Company. The film was developed on-orbit, and then scanned by a photomultiplier for transmission to Earth.

Other missions

See also


  1. ^ Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report, NASA SP-289, 1972
  2. ^ EP-107 Skylab: A Guidebook, Chapter 5
  3. ^ Madrigal, Alexis (14 July 2011). "NASA's Rocket Booster Cam Video". The Atlantic. Retrieved 3 January 2013.