Seattle-based photographer Rainee Colacurcio has recently captured a stunning image of the International Space Station (ISS) caught passing in front of the sun. What’s more, the sun is completely free of spots, which makes this photo totally captivating. I personally couldn’t stop staring at it, and NASA recently selected it for Astronomy Photo of the Day, explaining why it is so special.
Do you admire breathtaking images of the Earth from space? Would you like to take photos like that with your own camera? Well, now you can, as NASA is opening the International Space Station (ISS) for tourists. For the mere $60 million, you also can go up there and who knows, perhaps shoot another iconic photo of our home planet.
The International Space Station holds a whole lot of camera gear. Especially Nikon camera gear, as a recent tweet from astronaut Alexander Gerst illustrates while cutting the hair of fellow astronaut Sergey Prokopyev. Behind them are two walls filled with various camera equipment. But have you ever wondered how much it costs to actually send it up there?
When the tweet was posted to Reddit, user ultrahello mentioned that it costs around $10,000 per pound to deliver items to the International Space Station. This means that the kit in the photo above, a Nikon D5 and 800mm f/5.6E lens with 1.4x teleconverter, weighing a little over 13lbs will have cost at least $130K to send up.
We common mortals are probably not very likely to walk in space anytime soon. But astronauts on the International Space Station have made this 360-degree video to get us as close to spacewalks as we can get at the moment.
Two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin, filed the launching of five nano-satellites outside the ISS with a 360-degree camera. As The Verge writes, it’s not clear what camera they were using. But whichever camera it was, their footage lets you see the spacewalk with the eyes of an astronaut.
We often argue if gear matters or not, and we probably always will. But photographer Alessandro Barteletti shows us why being a problem solver and having an idea is more important than having fancy gear.
He was photographing a 60-years-old European astronaut Paolo Nespoli for National Geographic Italia. Equipped with only a ten-years-old Nikon D3, a wide angle lens a smartphone LED light, he managed to take the cover photo for the magazine. And he only had 60 seconds to do it, so he had to think fast. Really fast.
From the moon landings to present day, one constant question that much of the world’s population has when it comes to space missions is their choice of camera equipment.
During the space race with the then U.S.S.R. of the 1960s, and using primarily Hasselblad cameras with 70mm film, NASA found that they needed more portable cameras for active situations. This was when NASA’s long history with Nikon began, and they have been supplying NASA with camera equipment ever since.