Paying Tribute to Astronaut Don Pettit and His Amazing Photography from the ISS

Like many of us, astrophotographer Christoph Malin is a big fan of astronaut and fellow photographer Don Pettit. We’ve featured Pettit’s photography several times before — we even shared his entire talk from Luminance 2012 here — but in the video above, Malin puts together a little bit of both into a fitting tribute to his favorite “astronaut, poet and astrophotographer.”

In total, Pettit has spent over a year of his life on the ISS, taking incredible pictures and becoming intimately acquainted with all of the challenges that one faces when photographing the Earth from space and not the other way around.


By combining snippets of Pettit’s Luminance lecture with several examples of his work (both original and altered by Malin himself), Malin shares Pettit’s explanation of those challenges, followed immediately by the spectacular results he gets when those challenges are overcome.

You can see more of his work (and maybe be inspired to create your own tribute video) over on Flickr.

(via Universe Today)

Photo credits: Photography by NASA

  • Donald Raber

    I just listened to Don Pettit and his wife Mickey on NPR and I was so taken by his story…I cant get over it! All the emotions he and his wife went thru…I cant believe how well this was told. Thank you Don and Mickey for your story, it brought me to tears…I lost my wife to cancer 3 years ago so anything dealing with 2 people who love eachother and the crazy things they have gone through, realy touches me…I thank God for people like these…Don Raber