Today you might be able to get the opportunity to own a piece of photographic–and space–history as the first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss Planar 80mm lens carried into orbit on the Mercury-Atlas 8 goes up for auction today!
The Hasselblad 500c was purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra from a Houston photo shop in 1962. The camera was not blasted into space. Schirra, fellow astronaut Gordon Cooper and the U.S. Air Force camera lab made their own tweaks, such as adding a 100-exposure film container, an aiming device on the side of the camera and a new paint job to minimize reflections.
The camera snapped multiple images of Earth from orbit as it travelled on what was America’s fifth manned mission to space.
The camera will be auctioned by Boston’s RR Auction today (November 13). To get the chance to potentially bid on this once in a lifetime piece of history click on the link below.
UPDATE: Last week this beauty above sold for a staggering auction for $281,250!