Comment on Going Where No Man Has Gone Before by Erwin Störrle

July 20, 2019 Erwin Störrle

I was involved in some of the activities in the early space programme. I was working for ZIV (Zeiss-Ikon Voigtländer of America) in New York as a camera technican. One day a young man from Mc Donald Douglas showed up in our shop with a Contarex Spezial. Mc Donald Douglas was the manufacturer of the Space Capsules at the time. The MDD company wanted us to take the camera totally apart and prepare it with special lubricants for a mission which included a EVA in earth orbit. I was given the assignment. I took the camera apart in it’s (I think more than 400parts) lubricated it with special lubricant supplied by MDD, put it together again and it was tested by MDD for proper functioning. Because of the helmet of the space suit it was impossible to use a regular viewer so a special viewer was installed in the camera. A tessar 2,8/50mm with fixed F-stop F8 and a fixed focus of 20ft ( I think)
was installed. I was very proud to be part of such an importend mission.

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