Live Your Space Program Fantasies With A Retro NASA Camera


This beauty is a Nikon F Photomic T, which first hit the streets all the back in 1965. Aside from being a gorgeous piece of retro tech, it’s also one of several NASA-owned cameras from the estate of collector Arthur Keir that have been put up for auction.

Keir’s NASA collection spans the decades, from the Nikon F you see above, to its successor the Nikon F2 (1978), to a bulky Canon L2 video camera that flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia (1998).

For those less interested in photography, Keir has also amassed quite a bit of NASA effluvia, ranging from a glove bladder to thermal slippers, both of which were meant for extra-vehicular activity.

If this blast from the past has you reaching for your wallet, be warned: prices seem to be a bit on the steep side. Still, some of these pieces could be gifts of a lifetime to the maniacal photographer in your life, so feel free to check out the rest of Keir’s collection. Even if you resist the temptation to buy something, you’re sure to get your daily dose of retro camera porn.

Chris Weigant: Merkley’s Right: CBO Should Score Jobs

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Stock rally on European aid plan

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Cost of Europe’s 20-year copyright extension? €1 billion

Martin Kretschmer, Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management at Bournemouth University, is not a happy man. After the Council of the European Union this week passed a 20-year extension on musical copyrights, Kretschmer denounced the move as a billion-euro boondoggle—almost all of which will go to the record labels rather than the “poor session musicians” the proposal claimed to serve.

Kretschmer has studied the issue professionally for years, writing on this specific proposal since 2009 and on general IP issues for much longer. After the vote was cast, he took to Bournemouth’s website to explain how “72 percent of the financial benefits from term extension will accrue to record labels. Of the 28 percent that will go to artists, most of the money will go to superstar acts, with only 4 percent benefiting those musicians mentioned in the European Council press release as facing an ‘income gap at the end of their life times.’ Many performers also do not appear to understand that the proposal would lead to a redistribution of income from living to dead artists.”

It’s no little bit of cash we’re talking about here, either. Kretschmer and colleagues in Amsterdam, Cambridge, and Munich have all concluded that the cost of the extension will be a whopping one billion euros, transferred from the public to the music labels. In the long-term, huge numbers of artists will be affected, but in the short term, it’s all about still-lucrative hits from the 1960s.

“Labels do not want to lose the revenues of the classic recordings of the 1960s which are reaching the end of their current 50 year term,” wrote Kretschmer. “Rather than innovating, right holders find it much easier to exclude competition. Europe is in danger of locking away her music heritage just as digital technology is enabling the opening of the archives.”

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UBS $2 billion rogue trade suspect held in London

LONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) – UBS said a trader who lost the Swiss bank around $2 billion in unauthorized deals had been arrested in London, with sources close to the situation naming the man as 31-year-old Kweku Adoboli.

Arctic ice melts to second-lowest level, says study

(Reuters) – Sea ice on the Arctic Ocean shrank to its second-smallest extent since modern records began, in keeping with a long-term trend, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reported on Thursday.