Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon and we believe this because it is backed by evidence. And while the first man on the moon is vigorously celebrated, the camera that witnessed it and captured it all often fades into the background, the Hasselblad. It’s huge to be a part of something as historic as man’s first landing on the moon, but to be the device that was able to capture the moment and bring evidence that the event actually happened? That is as legendary as it sounds.
It was the year 1962 and the people at NASA were testing and testing different cameras that could take on the enormous responsibility of capturing extraterrestrial data, but all to no avail. That’s when Walter Schirra, a photography enthusiast who owned a Hasselblad 500 and would soon be an astronaut, suggested that the organization give Hasselblad a shot.
In October 1962 a specially designed variant of the camera was taken on the Mercury 8 (MA-) that delivered high quality images in six orbits of the Earth. This was the first of many partnerships between NASA and Hasselblad. The results were so surprising that NASA began using Hasselblad cameras on a regular basis. They needed some modifications, but they were “the” cameras from space. In 1965, NASA ordered a powered camera, the first of its kind, and Hasselblad delivered it in the form of 500 ELs.
In the same year, the first spacewalk was captured with a Hasselblad camera and one of the most famous images of space was captured – astronaut Edward H White floating in space with Earth behind and a Hasselblad in the frame as well. The Hasselblad became a household name as images taken from space by astronauts began to appear in newspapers and magazines.
On July 20, 1969, the name Hasselblad was forever etched in human history by capturing man’s first steps on the moon. When the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, something silver strapped to his chest made this journey with him. It was a Hasselblad data camera. There was another camera in the space module that recorded humanity’s first steps on the moon and there is no prize for guessing which camera it was. The Hasselblad.
The mission was difficult, but so was recording it. Especially in an environment where conditions vary from 120 ° C in the sun and minus 65 ° C in the shade. The lack of gravity and the lighting conditions also did not help the cause. But like the men on the mission, Hasselblad succeeded and captured the story by providing excellent photography. The camera proved its worth and it’s no wonder they have become such an integral part of space photography. There are still twelve Hasselblad cameras on the moon’s surface.
Capturing humanity’s first step on the moon and brilliant space photography might have made it famous, but Hasselblad has proven to be equally acclaimed in terrestrial settings. The Swedish brand has become synonymous with cameras that not only deliver high-quality results, but are also incredibly rugged, making it the preferred choice of many celebrity photographers.
Now imagine having something as epic as this on your smartphone. It seems like a dream, right? But if you put your heart and mind on Never Settling, this dream will soon become a reality, all thanks to OnePlus.
We may not know what the next OnePlus will look like or what its entire spec sheet will contain, but the brand has confirmed that it is partnering with Hasselblad for the upcoming OnePlus 9, which means the OnePlus 9 is definitely going to pack some of the world. cameras (pun intended).
Pete Lau, OnePlus Founder, CEO and Chief Product Officer, summed up the impact of the collaboration when he said: “OnePlus and Hasselblad have entered into a three-year strategic partnership, with the goal that together, in full collaboration, we restore the standards for mobile photography “.
And the feelings seem to be mutual. Jon Diele, Vice President of Hasselblad, has officially stated: “We are already seeing some really outstanding results. If the developments we’ve already made are any indication, I can’t wait to see what else we can achieve together with OnePlus in the years to come. I think we are on the brink of a new generation of mobile photography. Working together, Hasselblad and OnePlus can lead the industry by jointly developing the best cameras for smartphones. “
Imagine, the new OnePlus will come with technology that literally gave humanity a glimpse of space and the moon and in the coming months you will be able to use it on your smartphone. If that doesn’t get you to the moon, we don’t know what will.