There are Abandoned Cameras on the Moon!

Photograph/ NASA, Alan L Bean

Photograph/ NASA, Alan L Bean

This story was originally published in April 2011.

Hasselblad Electric Data Cameras (EDC) were used on the Apollo missions to the moon from 1969 to 1972. But, in order to save weight, the astronauts brought back only the film magazines and abandoned the camera bodies. So, there are a total of 12 marooned Hasselblad cameras on the lunar surface! These cameras were used because of their interchangeable lenses and magazines.

Share your best photographs of the moon, and you could win! Click here to participate:

Tags: moon, april 2011, did you know, hasselblad cameras