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Apollo 10 plans first color TV from outer spaceNASA Manned Spacecraft Center Roundup - May 16, 1969Apollo 10 will transmit the first live color pictures of space through the major television networks next week.
The new camera equipment was finally approved during the recent manned Countdown Demonstration Test and approximateIy 12 transmission opportunities were inserted into the flight plan.
"We hope to be able to share with you some of the experiences and things that go behind the 'gee whiz' and 'golly, isn't that beautiful'" said Lunar Module Pilot Gene Cernan.
The camera is designed for use only in the Command Module and no LM television, color or black-and-white, is planned until Apollo 11. Because of the rapid development cycle of color, it is considered to be experimental in nature, and will be backed up by a black-and-white system.
The color wheel system was selected to adapt a Westinghouse-built, black-and-white camera for Apollo 10. It weighs about 12 pounds and is equipped with a zoom-type lens adaptable for close-up and wide-angle shots.
The system also includes a three-inch monitor inside the capsule, giving the operator a black-and-white image of what he is transmitting.
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