Hasselblads Space-Cams and the 1984 Astronauts Photography Manual

Vor zwei Jahren zum vierzigsten Jubiläum der Mondlandung hatte Hasselblad ein dickes Special über ihre Space-Cams auf ihrer Website. Das ist jetzt immer noch online, inklusive einem PDF vom 1984er Photography Manual für Astronauten.

Over forty years ago, a still unknown Walter Schirra entered a Houston photo supply shop and purchased a Hasselblad 500C. The camera was a standard consumer unit with a Planar f/2.8, 80 mm lens. Schirra was a prospective NASA astronaut, one of the brightest and finest pilots of his time, a man with the “right stuff”. Thinking to take his new purchase up on a space shot with him, Schirra stripped the leatherette from the body of the Hasselblad and painted its metal surface black in order to minimize reflections. And when he climbed aboard a Mercury rocket in October 1962, he took his Hasselblad with him.

Once in Space, he documented the wonder and awe inspiring beauty he saw around. He took the first space photographs using his consumer model Hasselblad. Thus began the first page in a new chapter in the history of Hasselblad and photography and a long, close, and mutually beneficial cooperation between the giant American space agency and the small Swedish camera manufacturer.

Hasselblad in Space, Space Cameras, Astronaut’s Photography Manual (not via Retronaut, who refuse to link to sources and fail at giving context.)