This cake tin is on the moon

Written by David Shapton

NASAMoon Camera

The shiny cake tin on a tripod in the picture above, or one identical to it, is currently on the moon. It's the eye through which the entire globe watched the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969

It was black and white, and only ran at 10 frames per second, so when you look at the pictures that are so vague by today's standards, it's easy to forget that the mere fact that there was a camera on the moon in the first place was miraculous. That it was able to sent live pictures to earth made it even more so.

I watched this live on a dodgy portable black and white TV during a rainy summer holiday in Wales. In fact all the pictures on that telly looked like they'd come from the moon.

You can read the full story of the camera here.
Thanks to Petapixel for bringing this to our attention.

Tags: Technology


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