List of NASA cameras on spacecraft

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Space Shuttle astronaut Kenneth Cockrell with Nikon 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[edit]

  • Apollo TV camera
  • Hasselblad "Electric Camera" (modified 500 EL) with 70 mm film
  • Maurer Data Acquisition Camera (DAC) with 16 mm film
  • Nikon with 35 mm film
  • Mapping (Metric) Camera (7.6 cm focal length) with 127 mm film, on Apollo 15, 16, and 17 (see Sherman Fairchild#Lunar photography)[1]
  • Stellar Camera (7.6 cm focal length) with 35 mm film, on Apollo 15, 16, and 17
  • Panoramic Camera (61 cm focal length) with 127 mm film, on Apollo 15, 16, and 17


Personal camera equipment:[2]

  • Television camera
  • 16 mm film video camera
  • 35 mm film camera
  • 70 mm film camera

Space Shuttle program[edit]

Lunar missions[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]


  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.