Photographer and self-described ‘area nerd’ Cole Rise has detailed his creation of a reproduction of the Hasselblad digicam utilized by NASA’s Apollo 11 astronauts. The mannequin is exact right down to the best particulars, together with the digicam’s serial quantity and labels. The creation course of, as defined by Wired, was a prolonged one, involving the acquisition of a Hasselblad Apollo digicam prototype, NASA archival photographs and extra.
NASA engineers had closely modified a Hasselblad 500 EL digicam for the Apollo 11 mission, together with including motors, eradicating the main target display screen and mirror, and including heat-resistant aluminum paint, amongst different issues. Rise spent 4 years engaged on his duplicate of this digicam, a course of that concerned machining lots of the elements himself, along with salvaging choose components from a damaged Hasselblad MK-70 digicam.
Along with the modified Hasselblad 500 EL digicam, the Area Digital camera Co. web site additionally reveals his duplicate of NASA’s Hasselblad 500C digicam, which had been modified by NASA engineers in collaboration with an RCA contractor. Rise labored on his 500C duplicate earlier than the Apollo 11 digicam, saying on the Area Digital camera Co. web site:
By going by the tedious technique of remaking this digicam, you start to uncover its secrets and techniques and the thought processes that went into making it space-worthy. It was the seed that ultimately cemented Hasselblad’s relationship with NASA because the de facto area digicam maker. And it was the undertaking that taught me the abilities required to ultimately make a purposeful lunar digicam.
Rise is making a number of 500C replicas for personal collectors and making a documentary that particulars his work. Rise’s web site lists the Apollo 11 Hasselblad digicam duplicate as at present on show in Le Marais, Paris.
Picture credit: Photographs by Cole Rise, used with permission