The ALSCC Camera Snaped 3D Pictures of the Moon in 1969
Pictures from the stereoscopic ALSCC ( Apollo Lunar Surface Closeup Camera) are less known than those shot by the astronauts with their Hasselblad cameras. The ALSCC is an odd device resembling a cane stuck to an oversized coffee dispenser. To use the ALSCC, an astronaut simply plopped it down over an area of interest and pulled the trigger. A small flash fired, capturing two, offset images measuring nine square inches each. Combined in a single anaglyph, these images of the moon soil become a 3D picture visible with red/cyan glasses.
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Apollo Lunar Surface Closeup Camera (ALSCC)
The Apollo Lunar Surface Closeup Camera (ALSCC), developed by the Eastman Kodak Company, was used to capture high-resolution, stereoscopic images of rocks and lunar regolith. The ALSCC is visible at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
The ALSCC only flew on Apollos 11, 12 and 14. It was designed to capture close-up, stereoscopic images that could be used by scientists to learn how regolith and small rocks settle on the surface. The camera itself contained two lenses and was mounted to a small pole with a trigger handle on the end.
In the picture above, the ALSCC is visible to the left of the US flag in the background. The picture waq taken during the Apollo 11 flight. Buzz Aldrin is visible on the left. The Lunar Module is on the right.