During the moon landings and the missions leading up to them, photography – and therefore cameras and lenses – played a key role: approximately 100,000 shots were used to plan the Apollo missions (1961 to 1972). During the six moon landings (1969 to 1972) around 33,000 images were captured.
ZEISS conducted extensive research, modifying and developing camera lenses to address the challenges of the extreme conditions in space. After one of the very first missions to the moon, the image quality with ZEISS lenses was recognized as so outstanding that the lenses became part of the astronauts‘ standard equipment.
50 years later, these images from the moon missions are still legendary, in part due to their exceptional quality.
First ZEISS camera lens in space
ZEISS Planar 2.8/80
First American space walk
ZEISS Camera Ikon Contarex Special 35 with ZEISS Planar 2/50
A docking maneuver
ZEISS Biogon 4.5
Earthrise: the first color photograph of earth from the moon
ZEISS Sonnar 5.6/250
Man first sets foot on the moon
ZEISS Biogon 5.6/60
Lunar Module in lunarscape
ZEISS Tele-Tessar 8/500
Experimental camera lens takes UV photos of earth
ZEISS UV Sonnar 4.3/105