Type: Black Inventions

Categories: Photography, Space

Contributed by: Malaga Smith

Far ultraviolet camera/spectrograph


George Carruthers (b.1939) invented the far ultraviolet camera/spectrograph in 1969. It was plated in gold and carried aboard the Apollo 16 mission, where it was placed on the moon’s surface. The camera used ultraviolet light, invisible to the naked eye, to capture high-quality images of Earth.