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NASA Lunar Orbiter: Type of camera?
« on: February 01, 2017, 08:28:49 AM »
Did the LO satellites use a slit scan camera instead of a normal global shutter camera? I think plane surveillance and other film satellites at the time used a slit camera too.

Also, is there an archive online with all the images from the LO tape rescue project?
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Re: NASA Lunar Orbiter: Type of camera?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 12:55:35 PM »
I believe they were a standard shutter camera - this document describes the mechanisms involved:

See this page

and the bottom half of this page

for more.

The original 'McMoon's page is here and their new site is here but there does not appear to be a complete record yet.

You can get lots of high res 133Mb versions of the LO files here

The book "The Moon as viewed from Lunar Orbiter" is pretty easy to get hold of at a sensible price on ebay and places like Abebooks.

Hope that helps.