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NASA Lens Used from Apollo 15 Offered at Auction


The NASA lunar lens used during the Apollo 15 mission could be yours!

It was operated by David Scott during the fourth-manned mission to the moon. It’s 12 inches long and has an engraving with NASA part numbers along the mount. It’s officially listed as the Zeiss Tele-Tessar 500mm f/8 lens created by Carl Zeiss. RR Auction plans to offer this to the world on April 14th.

The auction site also states that the lens was made for particular ease of use for the gloves of a space suit. The lens is estimated to have a value of $400,00 to $600,000. This is a special collectible as it was actually used for extended periods on the moon’s surface. The lens cap and rear are wrapped in duct tape to help maintain internal temperatures with a clear signature from D. R. Scott. During Apollo 15, 293 photographs were taken using this exact lens. The lens has even maintained some moon dust after all of these years.

This is the ultimate find for your average die-hard space photography junkie.


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