The Challenges of Photography Aboard the ISS

by Nancy Atkinson on March 11, 2013

Don Pettit has always been one of our favorite astronauts. From his “Saturday Morning Science” and “Science Off the Sphere” to his Zero-G coffee cup, he offered a take on living and working in space that was always just a bit different from the rest of the astronaut corps. During his last stay on the International Space Station, he took photography to a new level, and fellow astrophotographer Christoph Malin has paid a fitting tribute to Pettit with this wonderful new video, which not only showcases Pettit’s work (and Malin’s too!), but allows him to explain the challenges of astrophotography aboard the ISS.

“It can not be emphasized enough, how Dr. Pettits innovative photographic work and his passion has changed the way we see earth from space,” Malin wrote on his Vimeo page. You can read about the genesis of this project at Malin’s website.

Enjoy.

Astronaut Don Pettit with some of his cameras on board the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Astronaut Don Pettit with some of his cameras on board the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

“Making the invisible visible” – the ISS Image Frontier from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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