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Zodiacal Light Photography

NSSDCA ID: 1966-047A-01

Mission Name: Gemini 9A
Principal Investigator:Prof. Edward P. Ney


A hand-held camera (F/1), equipped with automatic trigggering, was used by Gemini crewmen to obtain photographs of airglow, zodiacal light, the Milky Way, and star fields. This camera, which was specially constructed for the experiment, had a 50-deg by 130-deg field-of-view. A transistorized timer on the camera was programmed to take 30-s exposures, with the shutter closed for 10 s between frames to allow for spacecraft reorientation.

Alternate Names

  • Gemini9A/ZodiacalLightPhotography

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Manned Space Flight (United States)


  • Earth Science: Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Space Physics: Ionospheric Studies
  • Astronomy: Visible

Additional Information

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Prof. Edward P. NeyPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of Minnesota
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