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From: Savannah, GA, USA
Registered: Aug 2011

posted 10-21-2012 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BBlatcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm asking about video footage that was shot on the moon, from the six manned landings. For sake of clarity, I'm defining footage from landings as film that started after the LM landed, so the descent videos don't count. I'm using the word 'video' to indicate moving images, not the still images from the Hasselblads or 16mm Data acquisition cameras.

Also, for the Apollo 15-17, how many video cameras were shooting footage? I assume two, one from the astronauts and another from the Lunar Rover at times. Was there another video camera operating? Or Was more than one video camera used on earlier missions?

Finally, does video footage exist from two cameras that cover the same scene at the same time?


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From: Germany
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 10-26-2012 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would strongly recommend getting my book, "Live TV From the Moon" (availale from Apogee Books). It details the R&D of the TV systems on Apollo and for each flown mission includes a TV schedule.
  • For Apollo 11 they had 1x B&W slow scan Westinghouse camera.
  • For Apollo 12 they had 1x Sequential color TV camera which was rendered inoperable after approximately 48 minutes of EVA time.
  • For Apollo 14 they had 1x Sequential color TV camera and as a backup 1x Westinghouse slow scan tv camera
  • For Apollo 15 through 16 they upgraded the TV camera to the RCA made GCTA (Ground Controlled Television Assembly) which could be mounted on a tripod, hand held, or on the rover. It was able to be either manually operated by the astronauts, or via remote from Houston.
The only time you will have two points of view of the same scene is when the 16mm DAC and the TV cameras were shooting the same event (e.g. the first step on Apollo 11, or the flag raising on Apollo 14). Also one color camera was inside the CM during the missions from Apollo 10 onwards. For Apollo 1 though 9 a B&W camera was planned/carried.

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