Since 1962, Hasselblad cameras were the equipment of choice for NASA when it came to photographing, and even more so, documenting the unknown of space. A simple suggestion by photography enthusiast and mission pilot Walter Schirra to use a 500C on the Mercury 8 mission began the first page of a new chapter in the history of Hasselblad and a long, close, and mutually beneficial cooperation between the American space agency and the Swedish camera manufacturer.
But of all the missions that a Hasselblad camera was used on, it was Apollo 11 that was the greatest of them all – an iconic moment so extraordinary that saw the first humans step off our planet and onto another celestial body. Standing up against the intense temperatures and lack of gravity in space, the Hasselblad cameras captured this once in a lifetime moment flawlessly, letting the rest of Earth see what astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong experienced on the Moon.
Victor Hasselblad with Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC) outside of Hasselblad Headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Original Moon Landing Press Release published by Hasselblad in 1969. View Here
NASA Astronaut's Photography Manual. View Here
The crew of Apollo VII, Donne Eisele, Walter Schirra and Walter Cunningham holding space cameras, including Hasselblad 500C.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin exits the Apollo 11 Lunar Module onto the Moon. Taken by Astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Apollo 11 Astronaut with Hasselblad Data Camera.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
Hasselblad Space Cameras
Hasselblad 500C modified for space travel - leatherette stripped from body and painted black to minimize reflections - for the Mercury 8 mission.
For Apollo 8, Hasselblad 500EL cameras (designated HEC) were modified to NASA’s specifications which included making the camera easier to use while wearing space gloves, replacing plastic parts with metal, and more.
50 Years on the Moon Anniversary
Celebrate 50 Years on the Moon with Hasselblad with our limited-edition collection of space-themed posters, t-shirts and stickers available on the Hasselblad store.