From the Moon
RCA Block I TV Camera

Westinghouse Lunar Surface TV Camera


Westinghouse CSM and Lunar Surface Color TV  

RCA Ground Controlled Television Assembly (GCTA)

The RCA Block I TV Camera was used sucessfully on the first manned flight of Apollo 7, and was also the camera which brought the world its first live look back on itself during the flight of Apollo 8. It was also planned, but sadly never used for the ill-fated flight of AS-204, commonly known as Apollo 1.

The Westinghouse Lunar Surface Camera was tested on Apollo 9, used successfully on the moon for the historic Apollo 11 moonwalk and was carried as a backup camera on the later flights following Apollo 12's tube burnout

Westinghouse also supplied a color television full resolution TV Camera. Initially used in the CSM for the voyage of Apollo 10, it was later modified for use on the moon on Apollo 12, 13 and 14. The sensor tube was damaged on Apollo 12 and of course, the crew of Apollo 13 never landed. Every CSM carried the color TV camera through to the end of Apollo on the Apollo Soyuz Test Project in 1975.

The RCA Ground Controlled Television Assembly (GCTA) was used on the last three missions of Apollo 15, 16 and 17. It was mainly mounted on the Lunar Rover and remotely controlled via commands sent from Houston. Thus people were able to watch the lunar launch of the LM at the end of the lunar EVAs.
Web Hosting Companies