Camera taken to space in 1960s sold for $275,000
The Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens, reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962 and believed carried into orbit aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 and 9 missions, was sold Thursday by Boston-based RR Auction to a private collector in Britain who wished remain anonymous.
Schirra brought the Hasselblad 500c camera to NASA for mission use preparation, and it was modified with the installation of a 100-exposure film container and an aiming device mounted on the side. The original metal facing was also repainted black to minimize reflections.
The camera was top of the line at the time, costing more than $400, and vastly improved the quality of space photography. ■