National Geographic : 1957 Feb
Airborne Nine-lens Camera Blankets New York Harbor Only one of its kind, Coast and Geodetic's nine-lens camera gives map makers the biggest possible picture in the widest detail. The nine lenses take separate pictures simultaneously on one strip of film. Only the center lens shoots a vertical picture. Eight others, looking into deflecting mirrors. photograph ahead, behind, and to the sides (pages 194, 195). +)Developed and joined by special rectifying equipment, the nine pictures show an area 16 times larger than that covered by the ordinary camera. This exposure, made from 8,250 feet, embraced 45 square miles before sections were trimmed on right and bottom margins. Governors Island, headquarters of the First Army, dominates the central panel. To the left, twin rectangles identify Ellis Island. Smaller Liberty Island reveals the statue's star-shaped base. Ships streak the harbor like water striders. Battery Park, at the tip of Manhattan Island, gives way to the financial district's skyscrapers. West Side Irive, an elevated expressway, paral lels the Hudson River. Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges span the East River. The New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn is blacked out for security purposes. Reflected sunlight beside the lower docks dances like frothing surf. Jersey City and IHoboken fill the west shore. New white ribbon of concrete belongs to the New Jersey Turnpike. + Before they are projected into a single print, the nine prints suggest a flower with eight petals. Segment outlined in white matches its counterpart in the composite. 200 (coast alnl e(lctieciSurvey .