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Apollo 13 Photographic Studies

NSSDCA ID: 1970-029A-01

Mission Name: Apollo 13 Command and Service Module (CSM)
Principal Investigator:


The photographic objectives of the Apollo 13 mission were (1) to photograph targets of opportunity (scientifically interesting sites and potential Apollo landing sites), (2) to obtain vertical and oblique stereo strips of nearside and farside regions of scientific interest, (3) to record mission operational activities, including the operations and maneuvers of the command service module, the command module, and lunar module, and (4) to obtain photos of lunar surface features, before and after landing and long-distance earth photographs. The camera equipment carried onboard the spacecraft consisted of two 70-mm Hasselblad electric cameras, two 70-mm Hasselblad data cameras, two 16-mm Maurer data acquisition cameras, one 35-mm lunar surface stereoscopic closeup camera, and one Hycon topographic camera. Because the mission was aborted, only the two Hasselblad 70-mm electric cameras and the two Maurer data acquisition cameras were used, and photographic coverage included only a limited amount of lunar surface and photographs of mission operational activities. This photographic coverage, which is of good to fair quality, includes 584 frames of 70-mm photography and 22,073 frames of 16-mm photography.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo13CSM/Apollo13PhotographicStudies
  • PHOT

Funding Agency

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


  • Planetary Science: Geology and Geophysics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Principal InvestigatorNASA Johnson Space Center
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