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[b]Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA' NASA[/b]
A big step for us and one of the most exciting cameras we ever offered in auction!
After presenting and auctioning the most rare and most valuable cameras of mother earth for many years, we proudly present the only camera ever used on the moon AND which also came back home.
Jim Irwin took exactly 299 pictures with this Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' during his 3 days stay on the lunar surface and 96 more on the way to the moon and back again.
The mission was the first not to land in a lunar mare, instead landing near Hadley rille, documenting an area of the Mare Imbrium called Palus Putredinus. The crew explored the area using the first lunar rover, which allowed them to travel much further from the Lunar Module. Often quoted, NASA called Apollo 15 the most successful manned flight ever achieved.
The offered camera no.1038 was one of 14 cameras used on the moon during the APOLLO missions 11-17.(nos.1002, 1003, 1016, 1020, 1023, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1031,1032, 1033, 1036, 1038, 1039)
But only this Hasselblad used on the 4th NASA mission between July 26th to August 7th, 1971 made it`s way back to earth finally landing at the Westlicht auction house.
The other 13 cameras were left on the moon, as the astronauts only took the film magazines back home in order to take lunar rocks in the equivalent of the weight of the cameras.
The authenticity of this camera can be proven easily, as the reseau plate is marked with number 38. This number appears on all photographs taken by Irwin.
This historical camera comes with an extensive documentation and photographs taken by Jim Irwin, assembled by its former owner Alain Lazzarini, author of the book 'Hasselblad and the Moon'
Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' from the first generation NASA motor-driven cameras for the Lunar missions, silver painted, with reseau plate with matching body number '38' to imprint on taken images, a special NASA Biogon 3.5/60mm no.5198329 with black/chrome anodized finish with control tabs designed for use with space gloves, silver 70mm. 200-exposure magazine no.UI310739, the body engraved: NASA no.P/N SEB 33100040- S/N 1038, magazine engraved 'P/N SEB 33101018-301 S/N 1003 HASSELBLAD REFLEX CAMERA FILM MAGAZINE'.
Startprice: 80,000 EUR
Estimates: 150,000-200,000 EUR
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