Camera, Stage Separation, Case and Parachute, Saturn I
- This Pacific Optical camera, recovered in the ocean after the SA-5 launch in 1964, recorded the first-ever separation of the Saturn I rocket's first stage from its second stage. After the camera capsule ejected from the rocket, small fins stabilized the capsule, then the parachute opened and guided it to a landing downrange from Cape Canaveral. The development of rockets that could send humans to the Moon began with the Saturn I, several of which were launched in the early 1960s.
- NASA transferred this camera capsule to the Museum in 1970.
- Data Source
- National Air and Space Museum
- Pacific Optical
- Credit Line
- Transferred from NASA
- Fabric parachute, plastic lens cap, glass lens and lens cover, aluminum capsule
- 3-D: 30.5 x 83.8 x 31.8cm, 20.4kg (12 x 33 x 12 1/2 in., 45lb.)