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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:

https://astropedia.astrogeology.usgs.gov/alfresco/d/d/workspace/SpacesStore/3c155b5a-45f8-402c-af4f-4d8666e8c035/GuideToLunarOrbiterPhotographsNASASP-242.pdf

See this page

https://astrogeology.usgs.gov/Projects/LunarOrbiterDigitization/

and the bottom half of this page

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/

for more.

The original 'McMoon's page is here http://www.moonviews.com/ and their new site is here https://loirp.arc.nasa.gov/loirp_gallery/ 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 http://ode.rsl.wustl.edu/moon/indexDatasets.aspx

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.