Nikon D5 launched on its first mission into space

From Nikon's Facebook page:

"We have liftoff - The Nikon D5 launched on its first mission into space! Ten Nikon D5 cameras are aboard the OA-8 mission to resupply the International Space Station, and will be used to capture images from orbit high above Earth."

Back in August Nikon confirmed that NASA ordered 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLR cameras.

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  • Allan

    I’m a little surprised that they won’t also use D850’s. Those astronauts are a pretty smart bunch.

    • 2 things:

      D850 weren’t released yet for NASA to order it.

      D5 is more rugged.

    • PhilK

      I would think the larger control surfaces, grip etc of the D5 is an advantage for most of the space roles. Take a look at the gloves that astronaut is using to hold the camera in the top pic. A tiny camera would be nearly useless in such scenarios.

      • Spy Black

        The bulk of the shooting is done from inside the ISS, so technically a D850 could be used, but they essentially didn’t exist when NASA ordered the cameras, and NASA typically orders flagship bodies for ISS anyway.

        • These folks were doing digital imaging in the 1970s. They know what they need to get what they want.

        • Thom Hogan

          Even inside, you want something you can grab reliably.

          • Spy Black

            So…a D850 is an unreliable grab?…

            • Thom Hogan

              With the grip on it, probably not, but the grip is a weak point, too. Without the grip on it, yes, it would be less reliable grab.

            • Spy Black

              I think you need to get a grip on things…

      • Nikkor300f4VR

        Yep, big size is an advantage here because of space glove, also weight is not an issue in space.

  • AlphaStatuz

    What the hell?? I thought the earth was flat!!? Government conspiracy!!

    • Aldo

      wide angle lens…

    • RC Jenkins

      That was the raw, before using Nikon’s automatic lens distortion control.

      Here’s the OOC JPEG.


      • HA!!

      • Allan

        Too funny!

      • Aldo

        Didnt know the space station cylindrical structures were curved…. thanks to lens correction we learned something new

    • ZoetMB

      It wouldn’t surprise me to find that a poll of Americans would find that a scary percentage believe the earth is flat. In a poll some months back, 6% of those asked believed that chocolate milk came from brown cows.

      • peter w

        That was a different group of 6% of Americans.
        There is another group of about 6% that is worried about das Ding an sich.

      • Jebagi Erol Paker

        Ask for Santa Claus, even highr percentage

      • Roger S

        Well, a few years ago an NSF poll found that 25% of Americans believed that the sun revolved around the earth rather than vice versa. That raises the question: did Copernicus roll over in his grave or did his grave roll over around him?

  • PhilK

    So it looks like NASA is the one doing the “space-proofing” of the camera by wrapping it in protective tape, etc nowadays.. rather than Nikon making a small batch of customized cameras for space usage like they once did.

    Probably saves NASA a lot of money. And modern digital cameras with AF and AE and no need to change film are lot easier to use and require less fiddling than the old Hasselblads and manual Nikon F’s they once took into space. 😉

  • Proto

    is D5 body painted white for color coordination or it has a special purpose? 🙂

    • No atmosphere in space to absorb and filter the sun’s energy. A black camera would be HOT in minutes.

      • Roger S

        I wonder if you can fry an egg on a regular D5 in space?

      • waterengineer

        Hot, in space, good one. (insert eyeroll emoji.)


          Hope your eyes don’t get stuck back there.

          • waterengineer

            Ha, ha. So I was correct. Thanks for proving me right. Did you actually, read and think about what you posted?

            • Wow, that’s an outsized ego you got there. I did read it. I also read our Admin’s post from a while back that he re-posted above, an excerpt from which goes as follows: “The primary job of the thermal blanket is to shield from direct sunlight (plus other minor factors that we shall overlook), as it would heat up the camera/lens/flash quickly to non-operating temperatures.”

              Read more:

              You know, if you’d have been less of an asshole in the first place, I’d have been a little more kind and spent a some time pulling together resources that support what I was saying. I worked on NASA imaging teams at Jet Propulsion Lab and sat through meetings where people who know what they’re doing would discuss issues like this and arrive at conclusions that were then adopted for the program. So, it’s not like I had to do a lot of reading before I commented. It’s cold in space, oh yeah. But, that doesn’t mean that materials stop absorbing radiation. Run along, please.

        • Ric of The LBC

          yes, very hot.

    • Spy Black
  • IanMak

    I saw a youtube video of them taking photos on the ISS. They were using some nikon camera (probably a D4) and a bunch of Nikon lenses.

    I think shipping anything into space is like $10,000 per pound or something. Shipping a new set of lenses would be expensive for no reason. Thats why they only shoot nikon lol

    • Allen_Wentz

      Also, they just need maximum durability since it is so hard to run to a repair center. Nikon rules durability.

  • John Viscovich

    i bet they are not shooting in manual mode. wont be long now and spy satellites will be replaced with an updated nikon P900. wow can that baby zoom.

  • CG462

    Don’t the flat earthers claim we don’t have any pictures of earth taken from space? I wonder how they’d explain these pics.

    • Michele Perillo

      They simply state there has never been a real man made artifact shipped in space. Remember who says man never went to the Moon.

    • Ric of The LBC


  • eric

    The second photo is pure Photoshop. Obviously created from a pic with zero horizon curvature and edited to look like a globe. Just look at the light hotspot. That’s impossible on a curved surface. And yet the machinery isn’t curved at all. I love how easy they make it to spot the fake pics.

  • Thom Hogan

    There are Sony A7’s on the ISS.

  • Ric of The LBC

    No response from the SMT?

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