The activities of the Apollo 12 Astronauts on the Moon will be beamed in color back to Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced yesterday (Nov. 5).
The camera undergoing tests for extreme heat and cold in a laboratory.
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Background: The activities of the Apollo 12 Astronauts on the Moon will be beamed in color back to Earth, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced yesterday (Nov. 5). Apollo 11 pictures were in monochrome.
The camera, which was tested at the Westinghouse Defence and Space Center in Baltimore, is the same one used on the command module of Apollo 10. Westinghouse had to modify the unit for use in the vacuum of the lunar environment by changing the color wheel system motor and adding a white thermal coating, but it showed black streaks when it was mounted on Apollo 12's landing craft. It was feared for a time that black-and-white would have to be used again, but technicians cleared up the difficulty by adding an additional ground wire.
The camera will not only add color, but it is equipped with a zoom lens and because it takes pictures at a faster rate then the Apollo 11 camers should deliver better action pictures of the astronauts. During its testing the camera successfully withstood temperatures as high as 250 degrees above zero and 250 degrees below.