Space News
space history and artifacts articles

space history discussion forums

worldwide astronaut appearances

selected space history documents

related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Hardware & Flown Items
  Hasselblad moon and space cameras

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Hasselblad moon and space cameras
Robert Pearlman

Posts: 30714
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 07-09-2009 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In connection with their Apollo 40th anniversary promotion, Hasselblad now has a page illustrating their Space Cameras.
From our first space journey on Oct. 3,1962, Hasselblad cameras have played an integral part in the Space program, capturing the images that help us to understand our world and its surroundings. There are a range of special modifications and improvements required to meet the stringent demands of space travel. We then apply the knowledge and expertise we gain in space and bring it back to earth, further improving the Hasselblad line. All to ensure that we continue to provide the finest photographic equipment on – or off - the planet.


Posts: 85
From: Bolney, West Sussex, England
Registered: Jan 2008

posted 12-04-2011 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacehardware   Click Here to Email Spacehardware     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was interested to see the differences between the Hasselblad camera handle used on Apollo 9 and that of David Scott's moon version sold a few years ago.

I assume the Apollo 9 handle was a prototype to discover if it was practical to take pics with the Hasselblad in space whilst fully suited.

Does anyone know exactly which type of Hasselblad this handle was used with? The catalogue, Apollo 9 press kit (p.34) and NASA caption do not mention whether it was an EL, SWC or 500C — the three types of Hasselblad carried on the mission.

As far as I can determine the four EL cameras were grouped for a multi-spectral experiment — was this grouping then split up so one of the cameras could be used for the EVA? Otherwise all the other cameras seem impossible to operate with moon gloves on - tiny buttons, no motor drive. Would appreciate any thoughts, photos, bullion...

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2014 All rights reserved.

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a