Vienna Gallery Auctions NASA Camera Used on the Moon

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Useful things of the past are always of great interest to many people, particularly the collectors. In Vienna, museums and antique shops are some of the places to go to in order to view artifacts and other interesting items preserved since the olden days. 

One useful item that dates back in the 1970s and served a very important role in space is now being sold in an auction at the Westlicht Gallery in Vienna. The item is a camera used on the moon in 1971 during the Apollo 15 mission. It is one of the 14 hand-held cameras that went on a mission to the moon organized by NASA and fortunately, was the only one that came back to Earth. 

This particular camera was used by astronaut James B. Irwin who took a total of 229 photos while on the Hasselblad Lunar Module Pilot. It is set to be auction on March 22nd and is expected to be sold at a price range of 150,000 and 200,000 Euros. 

To give you a better picture, this silver Hasselblad 500 El Data Camera HEDC was the first generation of NASA motor-driven cameras meant for missions on the moon. It features a raeseau plate and bears the body number 38 as well as the details NASA no.P/N SEB 33100040- S/N 1038. 

Other camera types, particularly the heavy ones, that are brought to the moon are left there for good. This is so because of their weight and as such, only their film magazines are brought back to Earth. 

 

 

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