Nikon D3S | NASA International Space Station Photos


July 8, 2010 Tech : Cameras By VIA

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

Ethan Dougherty

In between browsing his 437 bookmarks in Firefox, beating the hell out of his trusty 12? MacBook (yup, it’s still soldiering on) and Nikon D70 on his latest adventure, or just gearing up for the next home project, Ethan feels that he pretty much embodies the Gear Patrol lifestyle. In summary, his love of gear, technology, and the projects on which to properly and improperly utilize them knows no bounds. Having explored most of Europe (Western and Eastern) and the Americas (North and South), Ethan considers himself a well-traveled kinda guy. He’s also willing to admit that nothing beats the comfort of his leather chair, beloved McIntosh sound system, girlfriend’s love and patience, smoking up his apartment with a cast-iron burger (recipe to be shared soon enough), American muscle (cars), or looking for the NGP (Next Great Product). As an expatriate of the West Coast (hometown: Arcadia, CA) now living in New York, Ethan hopes to ingratiate bi-coastal love from his fellow Gear Patrol readers (unlike the Westside Connection album currently playing on his iPod). Oh, and in case you’re wondering, he’s passed on the whole iPhone hullabaloo and instead uses a ruggedized GSM based Sonim XP1. It’s far better at withstanding being run over by buses and Hoveround-driving seniors. In addition to checking out and sharing an abundance of content for Gear Patrol, Ethan will be focused on not only discovering and sharing the latest out there for guys, but spending his fair share of time weeding out the crap. And, by God, there’s a lot of it. If its worth his time, he’ll let you know. To his editors’ chagrin, he’ll also be using a liberal dose of parenthetical notations.

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