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Multiple cameras for 1981 space shuttle landing

Multiple cameras for 1981 space shuttle landing

Nov. 17, 1981: Gerry Perkins, technical photographer for Rockwell’s Space Systems Group in Downey, demonstrates his multiple camera setup — a converted Korean War-era Army antiaircraft turret.

The contraption was not new; it had already been used to photograph several space missions. For the Nov. 14, 1981, landing of space shuttle Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base, Perkins mounted two motorized 35-millimeter still cameras and one movie camera on the turret. With that set-up, Perkins was able to simultaneously shoot two roles of film — 72 exposures — and 200 feet of movie footage.

This photo by former staff photographer Rick Corrales was published in the Nov. 19, 1981, Los Angeles Times Southeast section.

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