Not only was the Space Program about rockets and spacecraft but also things we just take for granted. Not told until now, Dwight Stephen-Boniecki's book documents the history and development of the television cameras used by NASA during the sixties and early seventies. Beginning in the early sixties with the start of the Apollo space program, he ably enlightens us on the efforts of various contractors seeking a solution to the problem ' who can provide a lightweight, capable and durable TV camera that can withstand takeoff, the extreme changes in temperature on the moon, be able to transmit its data, and still be practical for the astronauts to use?
Surprisingly, NASA at first wasn't that enthusiastic broadcasting over television, and would need to see clear cut benefits to the missions from the technology if it was to be used. By the time of Apollo 8 and 9, it was provided in the grandeur moving live images taken of earth and the moon.
This book answers many questions, like ' how do you fit a television camera aboard a spaceship where every gram of weight is precious and must have a purpose critical to the mission? Why were there colour broadcasts of Apollo 10, but not of the first moon landing? Why did part of the solution in broadcasting the missions come from fifties technology developed but never implemented, and resurrected in the late sixties? You'll find out how the television signal was transmitted from the earth to different locations around the world, and how signal limitations demanded ground breaking innovations from manufacturers. You'll learn too about the history of the space program itself, especially Apollo, and experience the momentum of the first steps by man on another world. Filled with many black and white photos and diagrams, this book belongs on any bookshelf and a welcome addition to the history of spaceflight and technology.