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Stan Lebar and Apollo cameraStan Lebar

by Robert Brand

With my “Space” work, it has been my privilege to meet many people and communicate with them via the Internet. It is most unfortunate that I did not meet Stan Lebar, but I have corresponded with his family on many occasions and this morning his son Scott sent me a message. Although not relevant to OTC, it has prompted me to post this story.

It was Stan’s cameras that brought us the images from the Apollo missions that OTC relayed through Paddington (Apollo 11) and Moree. Stan’s wife wrote to me thanking me for my support of her husband’s work and Scott Lebar is a newspaper editor but enjoys my Apollo historic stories and often comments on them.

This story is made up of a few parts of other stories:

Stan Lebar by Honeysuckle Creek Team

Stan Lebar, 1925 – 2009, served as Program Manager for the Westinghouse Apollo TV Camera Program.

His team built the first colour TV camera to be used in space, on Apollo 10. Cameras were also built for Apollos 11 to 14, Skylab and ASTP (Apollo/Soyuz)

Stan is best remembered, however, for the groundbreaking miniature camera used on Apollo 11. It brought live television from the lunar surface to an enthralled world on July 21 (GMT) 1969. The footage of that Moonwalk may prove to be television’s enduring legacy from the twentieth century.

Over the last 5+ years, Stan was a key member of the team which found the best recordings of that TV to restore and preserve for future generations.


The following from: http://www.jsaxon.org/space/hsk/Reunions/2006/stan%20bio.htm

Stan Lebar , joined the Westinghouse Corporation in Baltimore in 1953 as an engineer and retired in 1986 as a member of the Program Management team of an Air Force Space Satellite Intelligence Program. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Stan Lebar During his Westinghouse career, he served as the Program Manager for the Apollo TV Camera which recorded Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface on July 1969. Subsequent programs managed were the development of the Apollo Color TV Camera, the Skylab TV Camera series and the TV cameras for the Apollo-Soyuz U.S.-Soviet Cooperative Space Program.

In addition to providing the television cameras capable of operating from both the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft and remotely controlled on Earth, Mr. Lebar was tasked to coordinate the worldwide television transmission from space from both the Soyuz and Apollo spacecraft received in the United States and the Soviet Union and distributed to the countries around the world where it was then retransmitted to the worldwide audience.

Upon retiring from Westinghouse he has performed extensive community service including service on the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Guidance Committee.

He is one of  the founding members of the Friends Of Anne Arundel County Trails (formely the Friends of the B&A Trail) and served as  President of The Friends Of The B&A Trail . He presently serves the Friends of the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails as Past President and a member of the Board of the Friends of the Anne Arundel County Trails. He is Chairman of the Planet Walk Committee and performs the duties of the Program Manager for the Planet Walk Program which will replicate our 3.2 billion miles of our Solar System and scaled to 4.6 miles on the B&A Trail Park. The sun and nine planets will each be housed in a designated semi-enclosed Planet Station that will include interesting and scientific information of each planet and an original sculpture Work of Art depicting a defining characteristic of the planet. NASA Goddard has joined in partnership in the building of the Planet Walk and designs and oversees, designs and produces the technical displays for each of the Planet Stations.

Mr. Lebar has resided in Anne Arundel County since 1953 and presently resides in the Severn River community of Ben Oaks in Severna Park, Maryland.


Stan’s wife Elaine, sent the following to the Honeysuckle Creek team that has stayed in close contact with Stan over the years:

I cannot find enough words to thank you for your tributes to Stan, your dedication to his (and your) work and the measureless contribution of your time, personal effort and intense interest which enriched and added joy to his life.   Stan had the highest regard for you and the Australian team with which he interacted constantly.  We can be greatly and endlessly gratified for the invention and development of the means to communicate with and, in great detail, work with friends and other professionals in all parts of the world.  To the last day of his life, December 23, 2009, my husband was using the internet to keep informed about your participation in keeping alive the interest in the space program and, especially, the work he shared with the wonderful folks at Honeysuckle.  But, even beyond the technicalities indicated in the process, the warmth, conversations and shared admiration with all of you added immeasurably to his joy of life and the his ability to live actively to his last moment on our planet.  Stan and I shared 61 and 1/2 years of married life and met 63 years ago.  Fortunately we each had our own intense directions which did not overlap or conflict with each other and I simply must describe those years as fantastic in all ways: great tension at some times (as in waiting for the first pictures from the moon!) but always tremendous interest and life and spirit.  So once again, thank you to everyone with whom he shared the greatest adventure anyone could enjoy.  My children, their families and our numerous friends wish to be remembered also.  Obviously we will all miss his intensity, his personality, that quirky sense of humor and the love he gave to our world.

Most respectfully and gratefully,  Elaine


Elaine also sent the following message to me 2 years ago:

Thank you again, Robert.  I was most touched and impressed by your tribute and the memories invoked by the expressions from literally hundreds of individuals who met, worked and laughed with Stan and understood the complexity and warmth of his personality (and brain!)  Our life was full of humor, deep thoughts and complex ideas and, without getting too sentimental, caring and love. What more could anyone ask for?  We always chuckled over the fact that his brain and vision complemented my musical gift and ear.  Stan was left-handed, as you probably know, and he loved to say that “Left-handed people are always in their right mind” and certainly there was no truly adequate response to the statement.  Our 61 year marriage was wonderful and inspiring. Our three children honored, loved and respected their father without any reservations at all.  If you haven’t heard the ultimate family joke, here it is (ignore if you already know it:)

We have Mark, our oldest, to consult about our eyesight and related problem.  (He is an optometrist.)  We have our daughter, Randi, our youngest,  an orthopedic surgeon, to consult about our bones. Her husband is a general surgeon, our consult about our organs.  And our younger son Scott is a newspaper editor so he can handle the final ceremonies of life (writing the obits.) Now who could ask for more?! And again, Robert, thank you for your caring and concern.

Most sincerely, Elaine (Stan’s wife)

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