Space: TV for Apollo

After spending $20 million to develop a miniaturized on-board TV camera for the Apollo spacecraft and equip tracking stations to receive its signals, NASA officials last month decided to limit its use to only two brief transmissions — one during the third manned orbital flight, the other while astronauts are actually walking on the surface of the moon. NASA's official reason for the curtailed use of in-flight TV was that the camera (which weighs only 71 Ibs.) pushed Apollo too close to its weight limitations.

The explanation was ridiculous on the face of it; using a camera less does not...