This Robot Recorder 36 camera is similar to that used by Scott Carpenter on his Aurora 7 mission during Project Mercury. Mercury astronauts often used store-bought cameras for their missions, with some modifications for easier use in space. A handle and trigger were attached to this camera to allow an astronaut to snap photographs with gloved hands.
This camera was transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1977.
Manufacturer: Jos. Schneider Optische Werke
Inventory Number: A19770554000
Materials: metal exterior, aluminum shutter trigger, glass optics, velcro
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/2 in. long x 6 1/4 in. tall x 2 3/4 in. deep (13.97 x 15.88 x 6.99cm)
Dimensions: Other (lens only): 3/4 in. deep x 2 1/4 in. diameter (1.91 x 5.72cm)
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Credit Line: Transferred from NASA
Country of Origin: Germany
Country of Origin: United States of America
Restrictions & Rights: Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum