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70-mm Hasselblad Synoptic Terrain Photographs

NSSDCA ID: 1965-043A-01

Mission Name: Gemini 4
Principal Investigator:Dr. Paul D. Lowman, Jr.


This experiment was designed to take high-quality color photographs of selected land and near-shore areas of the earth for geologic, geographic, and oceanographic studies. A hand-held 70-mm hasselblad 500-C camera with a Zeiss planar 80-mm f/2.8 lens was used to obtain the photographs. A haze filter was also used to reduce the intensity of blue light scattering from the atmosphere. Five magazines of 70-mm ektachrome MS SO-217 film were carried on board for this and other photographic experiments. Of the 207 photographs obtained during the flight, 100 were of excellent quality and were useful for terrain studies. These were of Northwest Mexico, the Southwest United States, North Africa, the Bahama Islands, and the Arabian peninsula.

Alternate Names

  • Gemini4/70-mmHasselbladSynopticTerrainPhotographs

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)


  • Earth Science: Land Surface Processes

Additional Information

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Paul D. Lowman, Jr.Principal InvestigatorNASA Goddard Space Flight
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