No, that summer when they were building it. It was in the Vehicle Assembly Building. At launch time, I was glued to the TV set in Charlotte NC.
You are awfully hard to tease, you know
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I was about 1 mile away for the launch of Saturn 1. In Melbourne FL, the sound level was about 120 DB. Imagine what it was where I was standing! Von Braun was the last person off the pad with his limo driver and one of our cameramen.
And, BTW, there were other cameras left on the moon as well.
Just like to thank PE for the very interesting first hand information regarding the Hasselblads!
I read a story that one EDC went home again and that it was "confiscated" by NASA because it was government property. Is there any truth in this?
Sometimes when i read som story on the web about any of the new improved hot cameras beeing released i can´t help to peek at my EL/M sitting next to me and think "i´m sure it´s wonderful but THIS cameras cousine went to the moon...ha!".
Anyway, i find the Hasselblad history very interesting and even more so because the cameras are still making top notch proffesional work as we speak. I just got my 500C (US) back from service done in gothenburg last week. Changed lots of parts, costed an arm and a leg but hey, it´s 43 years old! Incredible!
And Tom, thanks for the kind comment. I try to add some personal experience even though it was before the MLLP (Manned Lunar Landing Program). I left shortly after the first Saturn launch. I was there through all of the Mercury project.
Why does it matter how many Hasselblads there are on the Moon, unless you are going to make the trip to pick them up.
From a photography point of view it does not matter but i would dare to assume that some photographers also has a passion for knowledge and history. I find the Hasselblad history very interesting and its certainly fairly unique. First hand experience from those who were a part of it to whatever extent is very valuable :-)