Camera Used In Space Missions Sold For $275K

The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens taken into space more than a half-century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000. The camera was reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962 and carried into orbit aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 and 9...

 
              This September 2014 photo released by RR Auction of Boston, shows the Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens carried into orbit onboard NASA's Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962 where it was used by astronaut Wally Schirra, and again on Mercury-Atlas 9 in 1963 where it was used by astronaut Gordon Cooper. The camera and lens sold for $275,000 on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, according to the auction house. (AP Photo/RR Auction)

The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens taken into space more than a half-century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000.

The camera was reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962 and carried into orbit aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 and 9 missions. It was sold Thursday by Boston-based RR Auction to a private collector in the United Kingdom who wished to remain anonymous.

Schirra brought it 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.

Bobby Livingston, RR's executive vice president, called it the camera that "would forever change our view of Earth."

It was sold by a collector who bought it from astronaut Gordon Cooper.

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