Lunar and Planetary Institute

Apollo 9 Mission

Overview | Activities | Photography

Mission Photography

Cameras and accessories

Seven modified Hasselblad cameras were used during the mission:  four for the multispectral terrain photography experiment and three for general photography.  Almost 1400 frames of 70 mm film were exposed, and sixteen 140-foot magazines of 16 mm film were used for vehicle-to-vehicle photography, interior photographs and ground-track exposures.

Operational photographyOperational photography

Operational photography included transposition, docking, ejection, extravehicular activity, undocking and inspection, command module interior photography, and entry and parachute deployment.  



Multispectral Terrain PhotographyScientific photography

The one formal experiment of the Apollo 9 mission was the Multispectral Terrain Photography Experiment.  The targets for the experiments were Phoenix, Yuma, Houston, Los Angeles, and the Mexico City area with secondary sites in Africa.  Terrain, meteorological and hand-held photographs were taken.  Photographic results were excellent partly because the flight plan lent itself to good photography.  These results were timely in support of future program planning.