Apollo 12 Lunar Surface Flown 16mm Film Artifact

Apollo 12 Lunar Surface Flown 16mm Film Artifact

A genuine segment of Apollo 12 lunar surface flown 16mm camera film from the collection of NASA Camera Systems employee; R. H. Gerlach.

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Archive Id PH-AP12-LSF


This lunar surface flown presentation contains a genuine segment of 16mm camera film was used within the Lunar Module's data acquisition camera (DAC) on the surface of the moon to document the EVA's conducted by Commander Pete Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean. The primary purpose of the data acquisition camera, from which this film came, was used to document the undocking of the Lunar Module "Intrepid" from the Command Module "Yankee Clipper" and its landing on the moon on November 19, 1969.

Interestingly, the Apollo 12 television camera was damaged after LMP Alan Bean accidentally pointed it directly towards the Sun, burning out the video pickup tube and rendering the camera useless. The result of which meant that the DAC captured some of the only moving images of Apollo 12 astronauts Conrad and Bean while they were on the lunar surface.

The data acquisition camera was transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian Museum in 1972 and has remained in their collection since.

Product Information:

  • Lunar surface flown film measures approx. 4-5mm
  • Attached to a 10" x 8" Apollo 12 lunar surface mission photograph
  • Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
  • Comes sealed in a clear protective 8" x 10" toploader
Apollo 12 lunar surface footage from the 16mm onboard camera

Authentication Information:

The lunar surface flown 16mm camera film came from the collection of R. H. Gerlach, who worked with NASA’s 16mm camera systems. 

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