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A Lens Used During The Apollo Space Mission Just Sold For Over $450,000

by onApril 23, 2016
 

One of the camera lenses used during the 1971 Apollo 15 space mission has just sold at auction for over $450,000! An already incredibly rare lens known as the Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8, this one obviously holds incredible historical value which is why the price was  bid up so high.

Boston-based RR Auction says the 12-inch long Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8 lens used by mission commander David Scott on the moon and in orbit was sold Thursday to an anonymous buyer. – Phys.org

Diagram of A Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8 Lens Similar To The One Used In The Apollo Space Mission

(Image: LNQ) Lens Similar To The One Used On The Apollo Space Mission

Used to take nearly 300 photos, it is a precious piece of world history. The lens was designed for the Hasselblad Electric Data Camera and had modifications to allow a better ease of use while wearing spacesuit gloves.

Part of 83-year-old David Scott’s (commander of the Apollo mission) personal collection, it was given to him as a memento by NASA.

Image of David Scott In His Space Suit Next To An American Flag And Model Moon Rover

(Image: Space)

A few other items that he auctioned off were a signed photograph of Neil Armstrong taking his “giant leap” ($38,000) and a letter signed by Wilbur Wright ($13,000).

References: Phys – Fox

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