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Apollo TV Camera

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Kudos to Tillerman for providing the correct answer to yesterday’s quiz, though Baydog may have sparked his insight into the final answer.

Neil Armstrong descending the ladder ...

Neil Armstrong descending the ladder on the lunar module. Polaroid image of slow scan television monitor at Goldstone Station. Nasa image S69-42583. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, the object in question is the original black and white Lunar Television Camera that traveled with the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The early lunar television cameras were all built by the Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group, which was based nearby in Linthicum, Maryland, near Baltimore and only a mile away from the BWI airport. This particular exhibit is part of the National Electronics Museum, which was founded in 1980 by former Westinghouse employees.

And why does it have a special place in Cindy’s heart?

Because her dad — Mel Poston — was part of the Westinghouse engineering team that built the cameras.

We’ve been searching for many years to find one of these on display, and stumbled across this museum completely by accident a few years ago when we stayed in a hotel directly across the street. However, it wasn’t until last month that we were able to visit it and see the exhibit in person.

If you’re ever in the Baltimore area and have a few hours to burn, make sure to stop by this gem — it’s a MUST SEE for anyone that’s an electronics and/or engineering geek.

And whenever you see snippets of the original moon landing — 44 years ago next Saturday — say thank you to Mel Poston and the other thousands of nameless, faceless engineers and scientists that did the heavy lifting toward making that dream a reality.

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