Looking in the mirror from 898,410,414 miles away…
From out there, we look like stars.
(hi-res at NASA website, a more processed version is sure to come… stay tuned)
… and I found the answer in this thread on Flickr.
Ektachrome 64 and Panatomic-X 80 is the simple answer. But the whole thread is worth reading.
Hasselblad EDC (Electric Data Camera)
This is a specially designed version of the motorized 500EL intended for use on the surface of the moon, where the first lunar pictures were taken on 20 July 1969 by Neil Armstrong. The camera is equipped with a specially designed Biogon lens with a focal length of 60 mm, with a polarization filter mounted on the lens. A glass plate (Reseau-Plate), provided with reference crosses which are recorded on the film during exposure, is in contact with the film, and these crosses can be seen on all the pictures taken on the moon from 1969 to 1972. The 12 HEDC cameras used on the surface of the moon were left there. Only the film magazines were brought back.
I still want to know more about the film they used.
Simply amazing. First photo of the moon. A daguerreotype no less.
This Week in Photography History: First photograph of the moon (and of any celestial body) taken on December 18, 1839 by John William Draper (1811-1882), a scientist and professor in New York City. The daguerreotype was created by lining up a telescope and mirrors to a lens on a box and holding the telescope from collapsing for thirty minutes. Daguerre himself had attempted to photograph the moon shortly beforehand and failed.