50 Years and a few days ago

Neil Armstrong took this picture of Buzz Aldrin on the moon on July 21, 1969. What an image.

The camera was a Hasselblad. The Swedish company was founded in 1841. The wiki says,

Perhaps the most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo program missions when the first humans landed on the Moon. Almost all of the still photographs taken during these missions used modified Hasselblad cameras. Hasselblad only produces about 10,000 cameras a year out of a small three story building.

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  1. Thanks for this info, Atanu. I did not know the Hasselblad brand-name before. I will look it up in the interwebs now.
    On a slightly different note, these space missions should be funded by private-entrepreneurs or voluntary-collectives. Not through tax money. Right?


    • This is what I wrote about India’s mission to Mars. This is from Nov 2013.

      And in Oct 2008, I wrote about India’s moon probe. Enjoy.

      Tax money should not be spent on these. Let the people who pay for these (the taxpayers) decide if that’s what they want their money to go.


      • Have you seen bharatkeveer dot gov dot in? I think an infrastructure on these lines for India’s space missions will be welcome. Sample illustration:

        “Hey, patriotic, science-loving Indians! ISRO wants to send a mission to Jupiter in the year 2024. The cost of that mission is going to be 3215-crore rupees. The mission will be funded only if voluntary contributions by people make up the amount within 15th May 2021. These donations will NOT make you eligible for any tax-exemptions.

        The tax money, hence saved, will be deployed in
        1. Swachchh-Bharat campaign

        funding of school-vouchers in Sikkim where all government schools have been shut down and a free market in primary education has been allowed
        increasing police-salaries in all states
        Establishing a cyber-warfare research institute for Indian Army”

        Will the above example illustration ever come true for India?


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