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India and Ceylon from spacecraft eight hundred miles up

type C photograph on aluminium
48.8 × 39.0 cm (image and sheet)
printed on paper label on support reverse u.l.: 2 / a new altitude record, 845 miles, was set by the two astro- / nauts Charles Conrad, Jr. and Richard F. Gordon, on the / (...illeg.) 11 flight during September 12-15, 1966. (On the / previous flight, Gemini 10, the astronaut Michael Collins happened to lose his Hasselblad SWC when taking / a walk in space. This is the wide-angle camera, which is / still orbiting the earth.) The Hasselblad SWC, with Zeiss / Biogon f.4.5/38mm lens, was also used on the Gemini 11 / flight. The photographs taken were of fine quality and NASA, which has extremely high photographic standards, / considered that fully 98% of them were good. The above / shot was taken when the spacecraft was almost over India. / Cloud formations can be seen near India's coastline, and / to the right is Ceylon. Note that the nose-cone and antenna of / the spacecraft in the foreground. The Hasselblad cameras, the 500 C and the wide angle SWC, were used in the Gemini flights.
Accession Number
International Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Photimport, 1971
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Bowness Family Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display