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A Camera That’s Been To The Moon Just Sold At Auction — For A Million Dollars
March 24, 2014
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Would you pay $1-million for a 40-year-old camera? How about one that's been to the moon? That's what Terukazu Fujisawa, the founder of the Japanese retail chain Yodobashi Camera, did this weekend. He shelled out 660,000 euros (or just over $1-million) for a Hasselblad 500, which had been part of the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. 

The camera is special for two main reasons. The first is that it went to the moon, accompanying the Apollo astronauts to document their short stay on the lunar surface. But it's not the only camera to have reached the moon — it just happens to be one of the only ones to make it back to earth afterwards. Hasselblad has supplied cameras to NASA since 1962, but most of the ones that reached the moon were left there in an effort to cut down on weight in the shuttle for the return home (astronauts just kept the rolls of negatives). 

While it turns out the camera itself is rather expensive, the photos it took are, remarkably, free. In the gallery above, you can take a look at some images from the moon taken by the $1-million-camera during the Apollo 15 mission. 

Via The Verge

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