NASA Mission Camera to be Auctioned on March 21 in Vienna; Lone Snapper that Returned

February 1, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

In Vienna on March 21, the world will witness a different kind of auction. Different, we do say, because of the nature of the auction that is happening there.

For, what will be going under the hammer will be NASA’s only camera that was lucky enough to soar to the moon and return to earth.

The camera, which was part of the Apollo manned missions, will be the centre of attraction for the whole world, to say the least.

The 70mm Hasselblad camera is one of the many sent to the moon that has managed to come back. Between 1969 and 1972, as many as 14 cameras had landed on the moon and they all had sent back stunning pictures , which have been cataloged made available for browsing online.


The one that is to be auctioned is the lone snapper that managed to return. . A majority of others had to be abandoned owing to weight issues.

What will be on the podium in Vienna is a boxy silver-coloured camera that had found its place in the front of an astronaut’s suit. Estimated to be worth 150,000-200,000 euros ($200,000-270,000), this one will make the world sit up and watch on March 21.

The camera is being sold by an Italian collector, was the accessory used by astronaut Jim Irwin. He had clicked 299 pictures during the Apollo 15 mission way back in 1971.

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