Sure, you may have the greatest camera gear to shoot. And yes, you may have the absolute coolest spots scouted to take those photographs from. But, we’re willing to bet you (or we) will never get to take the otherworldly photos like the ones NASA has just shared from the International Space Station mission. All shot using the Nikon D3S ($5,200). You know, a camera available right here on planet Earth, on Amazon. Stunning.

Gallery and press release after the jump.

Camera Gear Used

  • 1 Nikon D3S digital-SLR camera: Delivered to the ISS via the Discovery with Space Shuttle mission STS-131, which returned on April 20, 2010. Images are primarily those of the surface of the earth and nighttime scenes. Standard consumer product (no modifications).
  • 8 Nikon D2XS digital-SLR cameras: Modified according to NASA specifications for recording extravehicular activities (EVA)
  • 36 NIKKOR lenses (including three teleconverters)
  • 7 SB-800 Speedlights
  • 4 D2XS eyepieces: Eyepieces made exclusively for NASA Special eyepiece viewfinders that enable image framing and verification through a space helmet with extravehicular activities.
    Miscellaneous (filters, cables, etc.)

Photos: NASA