A Leica camera used in NASA Skylab missions sells for €500,000!

Leica MDa NASA Replica
(Image credit: Wetzlar Camera Auction)

Imagine what you could buy with half a million dollars… a Rolls Royce Phantom VIII, a decent 3-bedroom house in London, or, a Leica MDa NASA replica used in the Skylab missions. I certainly know which I’d choose but then again, I’m 28 years old, about to move back in with my parents, and have every expectation of renting til I retire. 

Joking aside, half a million dollars is some serious money to drop on a camera that doesn’t even have a viewfinder. Yep, that’s right, the Leica MDa was created for purely scientific purposes to photograph the airglow (a faint emission of light by a planetary atmosphere) within the visible and middle ultraviolet spectral range. The camera was never designed to take photos in a conventional way but rather as a tool for documenting space. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.