The Challenges of Photography Aboard the ISS

by Nancy Atkinson on March 11, 2013

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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 is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

outerspaceguy March 12, 2013 at 1:40 AM

nice!

Prism2Spectrum March 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

“It can not be emphasized enough, how Dr. Pettits innovative photographic work and his passion has changed the way we see earth from space,” ? No small accomplishment there.

Two stunning (normal-view), scored clip segments in video. Wow!

“Making The Invisible Visible” – that is the exciting role Science should be serving for humanity (and is – to an extent).

_______ “The Final Frontier” ________________________

All the open frontiers of ages gone past,
Were over horizons that failed to last.

“Space” for man, expands “the final frontier”
Beyond Earth’s settled shores of turning sphere.

Over oceans of time beckoning, on journeys far.
To realms of distant worlds, orbiting many a star. ________ JRC

(Inspired by lecture.)

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