IMAGE: Nikon F5 inside thermal blanket
The new spacewalk camera inside its thermal blanket.

New Space Walk Camera

A thermal blanket was designed to protect the camera from the space environment. A unique feature is the way that the shutter release switch was designed into the thermal blanket. A metal snap was placed over the shutter release switch allowing an astronaut to depress the switch by pressing on the metal snap.

The thermal blanket also has a lens cover which helps keep the camera within operational temperatures. In addition to protecting the camera, the lens cover will also reduce bad exposures. The camera will not take a picture unless it is focused on something and can not focus while the lens cover is in place.