The Groundbreaking Camera That Captured Man's First Steps On The Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. This unassuming, metal box was actually the Westinghouse Apollo Lunar Television Camera that broadcasted his fateful first steps to millions of viewers across the world.

The Apollo TV camera, with its Secondary Electron Conduction tube-based sensor, could only record 250 lines of of black and white TV data at a measly 10 frames per second-terrible compared to even the cheapest camera phones on the market today. But that was all that was needed to captivate all of humanity-which makes sense. After all, the best camera in the world (or in this case out of it) is the one you have with you.

Westinghouse employee Stan Lebar was chosen to manage the development of the camera. A task which, given the requirements that it had to be operable in temperatures of up to 121°C and down to -156°C while drawing only 6.25W of electricity, seemed nearly impossible at the time. That's less than a single christmas light. But Lebar and his team pulled it off.

Click through to the Atlantic to read more about how the image was broadcast back to Earth and recent efforts to retouch the original footage [The Atlantic]

Image from Wikimedia Commons


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    Allegedly ;)

      Moron ;)

      Oh wow, I was going to write the exact same thing.

        oh c'mon not both of you too

    Some camera, it showed astronauts in perfect exposure on the shaded side of the Luna Module, or was that the studio lights?

    If they done in 1969 with crap technology how they can't go now on the moon
    If they done it we will be able to fly with are smart phones today comparing technology fast grow

      Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

        Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    It's fascinating to see how Australia was involved with that fateful moon landing; and I hope we continue to have a role to play in space albeit under the umbrella of agencies like NASA, JAXA, CNSA, or private space agencies like Space X.
    While I don't doubt that the US put a man on the moon - I do think that the world needs to get more people back up there to make something of that one giant leap taken half a century ago. Those satellite factories, mines, fuel cells, solar collectors, and shuttle facilities won't build themselves - and all that null-G, vacuum, and solar energy out there has a lot of potential.
    In the meantime, I hope Jesus Diaz is getting ready for his report of the Mars Curiousity Rover's landing on 5Aug-12 - that entire landing sequence is more hare-raising than any of the aerial stunts seen in "The Avengers" or "The Dark Knight Rises".

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