National Electronics Museum: Moon TV Camera

Field review by the editors.

Linthicum, Maryland

There are two surviving Apollo 11 moon TV cameras. One is on the Moon. The other, a backup, is in a display case at the National Electronics Museum. The camera had to be designed to survive freakish lunar temperature extremes and still transmit a signal back to earth; most of its circuitry had to be hand-made. The grainy black and white images from Apollo 11 -- later moon missions used color cameras -- captured the first step by humankind on another planetoid, and mesmerized TV audiences on July 21, 1969. Though highly unlikely that the camera on the moon still works, this one does; it's occasionally turned on by museum staffers.

National Electronics Museum: Moon TV Camera

Address:
1745 W. Nursery Rd, Linthicum, MD
Directions:
Take the Baltimore Washington Pkwy to the W. Nursery Rd exit, which is midway between I-195 and I-695 south of Baltimore. Drive south one mile on W. Nursery Rd, then turn left into the parking lot for the museum, which is just north of Elkridge Landing Rd.
Hours:
M-F 9-4, Sa 10-2 (Call to verify)
Phone:
410-765-0230
Admission:
Adults $7.
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