Nikon gear at the ISS

ISS Fotografie / Pettit
ISS Fotografie / Pettit    NASA / Pettit / ISS Fotos aus dem All

The German magazine Spiegel published an article with images taken from the ISS where you can spot several Nikon cameras and lenses. Here are some of the captured images:

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Picture taken with the 8mm fisheye lens

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Self-portrait of astronaut Don Pettit

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Stacked multiple shots with 30 seconds exposure

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North America from space

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Northern lights

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Storms on earth

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Images from space are transfered to the ground station once a week in RAW format

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Infrared image of the jungle in Guatemala

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Aurora from space (HDR image)

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Images credit: NASA

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  • Michael

    Absolutely breathtaking images.

  • Holy shit

    That is some crazy pictures. Whoa.

  • Andre

    A.W.E-SOME!!! *JAW-DROPPNG images!

  • Martinrock

    Wonderful !


  • Shaun Ly

    Am I the only person that see a round face in the clouds on picture “North America from space” and ” Northern Lights”??

    • Martijn

      noticed that too, he’s not happy whaha

    • Michael Schäfer

      I think it’s on the ground, possibly an old crater. But yes, it looks a bit like a smiley. Well, not exactly “smile”-y..

    • A Bourgault

      That’s an old crater that formed the manicouagan reservoir at the back of the Manic 5 hydro-electric dam in Quebec, Canada. The river you see at left is the St-Lawrence river.

    • D4ve

      It could where Nikon is stockpiling the D400 or it’s the Manicouagan crater in Quebec.

  • Tim

    For a second there i thought there is a 13mm in space!

    • Eric Duminil

      Which lens is it?

      • jake

        is that a fish eye ?

        and do you know where we can actually get it?

        thanks in advance.

        • Mike Roth
          • MyrddinWilt

            That is the f/8 mirror up lens and way overpriced.

            I paid $500 for mine, albeit missing the viewfinder and case. There have been mint examples for $900 on EBay recently.

            The f/2.8 does fetch $2,250 or so and GBP 2,500 would not be outrageous in a store. But it is a very different and much more desirable lens.

          • Steve C

            What a pity. I was only in Grays this week and I forgot to ask Gray if I could see the 8mm 2.8. I knew there was something I wanted to look at.

          • jake

            thanks , but omg , it is a very expensive lens indeed!

    • Bob

      Same here!

  • Fry

    #3 seriously… sunglasses and holding the camera upside down ?

    • photomanayu

      with zero gravity, there’s no right side up.

      • Fry

        you can still hold a camera wrong

        • JIm

          Sometimes there’s a reason to hold an SLR “upside down.” The lens (and camera) sees at a lower level than your eye. If you want to take a photo of something higher up but don’t want to bend backward or stand on tip toes, turn the camera upside down and the lens will be at a higher position than your eyes.

        • 103david

          Yeah, whenever I hold my IPod upside down, all the sound comes out upside down, too.

    • lost in space

      Does the fact that the astronaut is lefty make a difference? With an upside down camera he can reach the shutter release on the vertical grip. As photomanayu points out there is zero gravity, so a slightly awkward hand position makes no difference.

  • Bleemo

    anyone notice the first picture and how it looks like the cockpit of a tie fighter?…

    • 103David

      It does look like a tie fighter cockpit, but shouldn’t the cameras be pointed out the window? 🙂

    • Spy Black

      That’s a not a fighter, that’s the Millennium Falcon

      • Calibrator

        Nope, Bleemo is right – google for “tie fighter cockpit” to compare it (the windows are decidedly different).

      • what the hell is an aluminum falcon?

  • Michael Schäfer

    The article mentions that they replace the camera gear after a year because chips suffer from the high levels of radiation in space. Maybe Nasa has some cheap Nikons for sale…

    • MyrddinWilt

      They do appear on the GSA auction site from time to time.

      But they are being replaced because they are shot and they fetch a high price amongst collectors as they have been flown in space.

      I guess they prefer the older manual lenses – no chips! I bet we won’t see that 8mm f/2.8 for sale 🙁 We might however see Nikon make a replacement if the need were to arise.

  • M

    “Hey! We have just discovered a new planet!… Oh, no… It’s just another dust spot….”

  • the 3rd pic looks like the lens is an old 28-70 f2,8

  • Nikonguy

    I wonder how they change the oil on the D600?

  • tertius_decimus


  • Jo

    I want the job of the guy who gets the RAW files and edits them!

    • iamlucky13

      Most of them are just batch converted when received, to make JPG’s for quick review. Individual researchers, engineers, and PR staff (or the public, if you so desire) can download the RAW files for whatever research, analysis, maintenance, or amusement purposes they may desire.

      However, several of the astronauts, including Don Pettit shown above, take a personal interest in their hobby and edit some of their own photos in their spare time. Example:

  • zoetmb

    #4: Who says Nikon bodies are too heavy?

    #5: What’s with that orange Nikon logo? Does that indicate a camera made custom for the ISS and/or NASA?

    #8 to #15: Wow!

    I wonder if the astronauts say, “Damn..we should have left Earth later so we could have gotten the Nikon D4 instead of using this damned old Nikon D3s.

  • David Kasman

    In space, nobody can hear you scream … about sensor dust and oil spots.

  • Theo

    Awesome pictures!

  • jake

    amazing stuff , thanks and do you know where we can get the fish eye like lens?
    that’s so interesting.

    • Neopulse

      Think it was on sale not too long ago and it was posted on NR. Search for it, think it was under a “Space Odyssey 2001” reference. Oh and it was ridiculously expensive.

      • Calibrator

        A prototype metal plate for the HAL “red eye camera” was on sale recently (and mentioned here) – if that is what you mean.

  • FredBear

    For these pictures they could just have used a smart phone.
    (Tongue in cheek but I guess there are some who would think this).

  • CFS

    NASA doesn’t bother to conceal the Nikon logo, so obviously, they don’t consider thieves or passing aliens to be much of a problem

  • alwyn

    I also want a red Nikon logo. Now where’s that red marker of mine?

    • niXerKG

      It’s colored red because it’s a D3S that’s been converted for Infrared shooting.

      • Steve C

        Yes. And it would be nice if Nikon actually released an IR version for astrophotography. Canon do, like the 20Da and the more recent 60Da. I wonder why Canon are more popular for astro when Nikon have had so much coverage by Nasa, having been used in space the whole time?
        Nikon have definitely missed a trick here.

  • niXerKG

    Don Pettit is my hero. If you ever get a chance look for his Ted Talk about shooting in space.

  • Fredmullerpix

    Not Guatemala, on the infrared picture….

  • Me
  • Mark

    The upside down camera is a D2 series, note the white balance blob on its prism.

  • Marcus Melo Uliana

    What lens/wide lens adapter are used on 2nd picture (Nikon D3s ISS NASA ? It’s about same height of D3s. Where I can buy one of these ?

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