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NASA Nikon Serial Number Database

This page is a summary of film-era, mainly manual focus, Nikon equipment serial numbers used by NASA as part of the Shuttle, Skylab, Gemini and Apollo missions. While the list currently only details lenses, I will be adding camera bodies and accessories over the next while.

Included are only lenses that have been verified to have authentic NASA SNs. It is important to note that the labeling affixed to some pieces by the person(s) decommissioning the gear, occasionally contained typographical and other errors. The data in this table did not include these labeling errors if they were found to be incorrect. This table also does not include any items believed to be used for administrative purposes only (ie owned by NASA, but not intended for use in the space program)

Links (where possible) are provided to images of the various pieces.

Please contact me with any errors or updates. Please include photographs where possible so accuracy can be verified

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Prime Lenses top

Focal Length / Speed

Type NASA Part Number NASA SN Nikon SN range Scale Rings EVA holes Notes  
15/3.5 AI-S SED33103429-301 1001   Feet & Metres Metal 0 Scalloped Focus & Standard Aperture Ring
Appears to have a slip on cap. As a result, was likely prototyped, but not used in space
16/2.8 AI-S SED33103387-301 1002   Feet only Metal 2 - Aperture
2 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
Rabbit Ears in place
Metal Threaded Front Lens Cap
16/2.8 AI-S SED33103387-302 1005-1009   Feet only Metal 2 - Aperture
2 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring. Many flown.
Earliest found flown: STS-30 (1989)
Latest found flown: STS-80 (1996)
Rabbit Ears removed
Metal Threaded Front Lens Cap
16/2.8 AF-D SED33103387-303 5005 309610 Feet & Metres Rubber 0 Factory Focus & Aperture Ring
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only
Flown on STS-95 (1998) and STS-99 (2000)
20/2.8 AF SED33104060-301 1021-1022
2001
218xxx - 248xxx Feet & Metres Rubber 0 Factory Focus & Aperture Ring
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only
28/2 AI-S SED33101583-301 1002-1005
1007
576302 (SN 1002)
577645 (SN 1003)
575851 (SN 1004)
576636 (SN 1005)
578405 (SN 1007)
Feet & Metres Grip Tape 0 Grip Tape for Focus & Factory Aperture Ring
PN and SN hand painted
28/2 AI-S SED33101583-302 1001
1014
1022-1026
1031
Earliest found: 576757
Latest found: 598510
Feet only Metal 2 - Aperture
2 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
EVA Version
28/2.8 AF SED33104058-301 1001-1037
2001
309xxx - 331xxx
Feet & Metres Rubber 0 Factory Focus & Aperture Ring
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only. Many flown.
Earliest found flown: STS-58 (1993)
Latest found flown: STS-91 (1998)
35/1.4 N C - Non AI SEC33100938-301 1001?
1003
1005-1007
1012-1020
900001
900003
900005 - 900007
910001 - 910010
Feet only Metal 0 Used for Skylab - possibly Apollo
Scalloped Focus & Scalloped Aperture Ring
Some engraving is blacked out on some models, others are white
35/1.4 N C - AI SEC33100938-301 1002
1004
1008
900002
900004
900008
Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus & Standard Aperture Ring
Some engraving is blacked out on some models, others are white
35/1.4 AI SED33101579-301 1012   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus & Standard Aperture Ring
'12' in SN engraved but not painted white
Rear element painted black
Referred to as a 'Dummy'
35/1.4 AI SED33101579-301 1009-1028   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus & Standard Aperture Ring
35/1.4 AI SED33101579-302 1002-1007   Feet only Metal 2 - Aperture
2 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
First 35/1.4 with EVA holes
35/1.4 AI-S SED33101579-302 1037-1067   Feet only Metal 2 - Aperture
2 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring. Many flown.
Earliest found flown: STS-27 (1988)
Latest found flown: STS-87 (1997)
35/1.4 AI-S SED33101579-303 1036   Feet only Metal 2 - Aperture
2 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
Unsure of modification that required update to -303
Flight history: STS-35 (1990) & STS-103 (1999)
35/2 AF SED33104061-301 1015          
55/1.2 S - Non AI SEB33100773-3 10   Feet only
White Scale?
Metal 1 - Aperture
1 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
Likely a Dummy
55/1.2 S - Non AI SEB33100773-301? ? 8000001 Feet only
Orange Scale
Metal 1 - Aperture
1 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
Dummy - No aperture
55/1.2 S - Non AI SEB33100773-301 ?
1003
10112
?
8000109
8000113
8000111
8000116
Feet only
White Letters for 'Feet'
Orange Scale
Metal 1 - Aperture
1 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
Likely used in Apollo Missions.
55/1.2 S - Non AI SEB33100773-301 A1002 8000110 Feet only
White Letters for 'Feet'
Orange Scale
Metal 1 - Aperture
1 - Focus
Serrated Focus and Aperture Ring.
Likely used in Apollo Missions.
55/1.2 S - AI SED33100009-301 1001-1014 800001 - 800014 Feet only
Orange Scale
Metal 0 Standard Aperture Ring - Scalloped Focus Ring
Likely used in Apollo Missions. SN 1006 confirmed used in Apollo 15
55/2 UV - Non AI SEB33100774-301 1001-1016 10000012 - 1000041 No scale Metal 1 - Mount? Serrated Aperture Ring & Mount Ring. Does not appear to have a focus ring
Likely used in Apollo Missions.
55/2.8 Micro AI-S SED33101581-301 1001-1024   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
Many flown.
Earliest found flown: STS-29 (1989)
Latest found flown: STS-66 (1994)
85/1.8 AF SED33104548-301 1001-1004 263418 - 271642 Feet & Metres Rubber 0 Factory Focus & Aperture Ring
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only
Many flown.
Earliest found flown: STS-66 (1994)
atest found flown: STS-9x
105/1.8 AI-S SED33103312-301 1001-1003   Feet & Metres Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
105/2.8 Micro AI-S SED33101582-302 1006-1014   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
Black Focus tightener
105/4 Micro AI SED33101582-301 No SN   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
Likely a promo piece only
105/4 Micro AI SED33101582-301 1001-1008   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
135/2 AI-S SED33103313-301 1001-1003   Feet & Metres Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
135/2.8 AI SED33101580-301 1001-1015   Feet only Metal 0 Scalloped Focus Ring - Standard Aperture Ring
180/2.8 ED AI-S SED33102501-301 1001-1003 ?   Feet & Metres Rubber 0 Factory Focus & Aperture Ring
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only
Have only seen one with NASA decal & serial (1003)
20cm/4 Q - Zeiss Contarex 1-55059-1   181413 Feet only Metal 0 Serrated Aperture Ring - Scalloped Focus Ring
Heavily threaded at front element. Solar Filter
Flown on Gemini IV and used by Major Ed White
300/4.5 H - Non AI SEC33100952-301 1002 431785 Feet & Metres Metal 0 Serrated Aperture Ring - Scalloped Focus Ring
Silver Tripod Collar
Standard Factory Distance Scale
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only
300/4.5 H - Non AI SEC33100952-302 1004-1007 463652 - 465712 Feet only
See Notes
Metal 0 Serrated Aperture Ring - Scalloped Focus Ring
Black Tripod Collar
Precise distance scale with 1" increments below 18 feet
PN and SN are engraved


Zoom Lenses top

Focal Length / Speed

Type NASA Part Number NASA SN Nikon SN range Scale Rings EVA holes Notes  
24-50/3.3-4.5 AF SED33104495-301 1015
2001
  Feet & Metres Rubber 0  
35-70/3.5 AI-S SED33102540-301 1001-1020   Feet & Metres Metal 0 Many flown
Earliest found flown: STS-29 (1989)
Latest found flown: STS-50 (1992)
50-300/4.5 ED AI-S SED33104534-301 1001 188996 Feet & Metres Rubber 0 Standard Aperture and Focus rings
PN and SN are not engraved - Decal only on collar


Links to my NASA Nikon pages:

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Modified Nikon F with Motor Drive

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA F3 Small Camera

COMING SOON - learn about the NASA F3 Small Camera's EVA Modifications

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA F3 'Big' Camera with the removable 250 Exposure Magazine back

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA F4 Electronic Still Camera

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Nikon HERCULES system

COMING SOON - learn about my NASA F4S Camera

CLICK HERE - learn about my NASA F5 IVA and EVA Cameras

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA DCS460C Digital Camera used on the 1st and 2nd expeditions at the International Space Station. This one captured shots of the Space Shuttle above earth and even shots of the Space Station itself from the Soyuz Russian spacecraft

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA DCS460C Digital Camera used on the 2nd and 3rd expeditions at the International Space Station. This one captured the aftermath in New York City on 9/11

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera

COMING SOON - learn about the NASA Modified Nikon Nikkor Manual Focus Lenses

CLICK HERE for the NASA Nikon Serial Number Database; a never ending work in progress to record all the film-based and early digital Nikon gear used in the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle eras and the early days of the International Space Station

 

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