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History: Lunar Geological Exploration Camera - LGEC

Far beyond the earth and low altitude flight, astronauts made historic flights to the moon. During the Apollo program a unique camera was developed and manufactured by a small firm, Goerz Optical Company. Located in Pittsburgh, this company competed for camera work from NASA during the Apollo program. The LGEC was designed to support geological exploration of the moon. Little more than a dozen of these cameras were manufactured.  The LGEC was a combination 3D/2D camera. Former Goerz Q.C. Manager, Bernie Hobach, provides illuminating information on this unique camera and its development.


Future projects will send more ground breaking cameras to the moon.

A drone type craft will be flying on Mars in a future mission. The planet has a thin atmosphere that can support drone flight. These flying craft would be able to travel much faster and over a wider variety of terrain than the mars rovers.

Astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space, is shown below with the LGEC mounted on his space suit during simulation training.

Astronaut Alan Shepard during LGEC training

Visit the My Little Space Museum (MLSM) website. The MLSM contains thoughtfully presented and illustrated historical and technical details for the Apollo Project and other space related topics.

Final Assembly Quality Control Certification for Lunar Camera Training - Training Model Magazine

Astronaut Alan Bean also worked on the LGEC camera and made changes to its design.

Machine Shop Priority List August, 1969

Machine Shop Priority List

LGEC Planning Notes:

Quality Program Documentaiton Schedule - Lunar Camera

May 13, 1970 Design Review  


May 13, 1970 Design Review  


May 13, 1970 Design Review  


May 13, 1970 Design Review  




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