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There are 12 Hasselblad Cameras on the Surface of the Moon

Last week we shared about how astronauts left some Nikon DSLR gear to burn up in the atmosphere instead of having it brought back to Earth, but it certainly wasn’t the first time cameras were left in space. Did you know that there are 12 Hasselblad cameras currently sitting on the surface of the moon? The cameras that shot those iconic images of the moon’s surface between 1969 and 1972 were left there to allow for the 25kg of lunar rock samples that were brought back instead. Only the film magazines were brought back.


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/ppucci Persio Pucci

    thank God they remembered to bring the rolls back!

  • http://twitter.com/drayke Drayke

    So I could be the proud new owner of twelve barely used Hassies and all I have to do is find a way to get to the Moon? I have some plannin’ to do!

  • http://www.simonponder.net Simonponder

    hmm, and hear i have been wanting to get a Hasselblad

  • Ezedm85

    If I were rich, I could go to the moon and collect the Hasselblad, and when I return to earth would have millions of dollars in my hands

  • http://twitter.com/sterileeye Øystein H.

    I wrote a post on the Apollo Hasselblad cameras a while back. Check it out: http://wp.me/p8Q0i-n9

  • http://twitter.com/kombizz kombizz

    I wonder if those Hasselblad cameras were sold or donated?

  • http://twitter.com/zak Zak Henry

    Almost certainly custom made for NASA

  • http://twitter.com/HLimPhotography Harry Lim

    but if you were rich, you’d already have millions in your hands. :)

  • Alan G.

    And I thought Kodak invented the disposable camera.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dlemckert Dennis Lemckert

    They were designed and custom built as to NASA’s specs. Paid for. Not donated.
    In and of themselves they’re worth a bunch. I think if you call Hasselblad and order one of these, you’ll be set back a house and a sailingyacht.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dlemckert Dennis Lemckert

    They were designed and custom built as to NASA’s specs. Paid for. Not donated.
    In and of themselves they’re worth a bunch. I think if you call Hasselblad and order one of these, you’ll be set back a house and a sailingyacht.

  • Gabe Sturdevant

    dont tell Zack Arias

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  • dave

    No photographic film has ever been invented that
    can withstand the temperature range on the Moon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.y.le Lee Yin Le

    Nope, they aren’t specially designed. They were only bought in normal photographic shops. I read somewhere.

  • http://profiles.google.com/alwaystanning Brian Tanning

    All of the Hasselblad cameras left on the moon were uniquely modified for use by NASA, they were not regular store-bought models…

  • Ryan

    So how did those images ever get made from the 60’s and 70’s moon landings?? Those were film cameras… The cameras were shielded, but they still worked.

  • Maksim

    What about Jim Lovell’s camera that was brought back to Earth for analysis (after it malfunctioned), and is currently up for auction?

  • James

    He’s just going to tell you in a studio…
    The cameras were shielded… that says it all, Moon landing deniers and other anti-science types like to pretend that science stops at the outer limits of their understanding, which would be okay if they accepted new information well, but they don’t.

  • James

    It would cost millions of dollars to get them.