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07-13-2019, 06:30 PM - 10 Likes   #1
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The Camera That Went To The Moon And Changed How We See It

Just finished reading this article about the cameras and photography during the US space program up to the lunar landings.

How NASA Chose The Camera That Went To The Moon : NPR

Fascinating story.

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Thanks for posting this!

As a young lad in the 1960's, I was totally transfixed on the space programs and especially Apollo. I certainly remember what I was doing during the night of 20 July 1969 -- camped out on our living room floor in front of a B&W TV.

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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
Thanks for posting this!

As a young lad in the 1960's, I was totally transfixed on the space programs and especially Apollo. I certainly remember what I was doing during the night of 20 July 1969 -- camped out on our living room floor in front of a B&W TV.

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You might enjoy this blog post, then, about Julian Scheer: “perhaps his biggest achievement was his fight with NASA engineers to get a television camera on board the lunar lander ‘Eagle.’”

https://blogs.lib.unc.edu/morton/index.php/2014/02/from-richmond-to-chapel-h...e-to-the-moon/
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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
Thanks for posting this!

As a young lad in the 1960's, I was totally transfixed on the space programs and especially Apollo. I certainly remember what I was doing during the night of 20 July 1969 -- camped out on our living room floor in front of a B&W TV.

- Craig
Yeah. I was glued to the tube as well. My dad set his camera up and took pictures of the TV screen as Neil Armstrong came down the ladder.
If they aren’t faded, I have slides somewhere of the first step onto the moon taken just a few seconds after the moment somewhere in my basement.

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I wonder how much money they would be worth if brought back from the moon.
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Television was still more than 10 years in the future for Luderitzbucht, a small coastal village in the Namibian desert when the moon landings happened, but we did tune into short wave radio broadcast and I still remember the commander of Apollo 12 saying ' lift off, we have a lift off ' , sounding totally relaxed, when they departed from the moon. The photos came later and it was spectacular. Thanks for posting!
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I wonder how much money they would be worth if brought back from the moon.
One of them was and was bought by the owner of the Japanese camera store Yodobashi in 2014. It cost him $910,000.

The only camera to make it to the moon and back sells at auction for $910,000 - The Verge

My understanding it that it has been on display in one of the stores but I'm not sure where it is normally kept.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
The Camera That Went To The Moon
Thanks for the link, really interesting read.

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One of the 16mm video cameras made it back as well, in a secret stash found in Neil Armstrong's closet after his death.

The Armstrong Purse: Flown Apollo 11 Lunar Artifacts | National Air and Space Museum
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
Yeah. I was glued to the tube as well. My dad set his camera up and took pictures of the TV screen as Neil Armstrong came down the ladder.
If they aren’t faded, I have slides somewhere of the first step onto the moon taken just a few seconds after the moment somewhere in my basement.
yes, thanks for posting

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Thanks for the link. For me it is jawdropping to learn that the NASA left the choice of camera to the astronaut. And did not instruct astronauts to take pictures of each other.

In today‘s world documenting everything, including a lot of not-so-important details, in photographs has become an essential part of our lifestyle.

It seems that these were quite different times then.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
My dad set his camera up and took pictures of the TV screen as Neil Armstrong came down the ladder.If they aren’t faded, I have slides somewhere of the first step onto the moon taken just a few seconds after the moment
Same here. I just found them, but haven't looked at them yet. I know fighter/test pilots like to wear wrist watches, but one on both arms?
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My dad was in the photographic industry. And I was a typical kid obsessed with space. I was given several large metal poster sized hassleblad prints (advertising) of the moon photos. Sadly these have long since been lost in various moves.

Based on this it may not have been on metal, but it felt cold and it was rigid. I didn't have this specific shot, nor the packing materials. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F273114899911

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In the 1960's my bedroom walls were decorated with numerous photos from
National Geographic magazine documenting the NASA manned space missions.

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I also remember watching the landing on TV.

A local new paper called the "Vancouver Sun", put out a special edition called the "Vancouver Moon". (Wish I had kept the paper)

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