A Glimpse at Where Camera Gear is Kept on the International Space Station


If you’re a photography enthusiast and ever have the good fortune of finding yourself floating around on the International Space Station, here are two words you should know: service module. Formally called the “Zvezda Service Module,” it’s the component of the ISS that houses all of the station’s life support systems, and is where the astronauts gather if there is any kind of emergency. But here’s the main reason you’ll want to pay the module visit: the fancy camera equipment used by the astronauts is stored on the walls!

Here’s the location of the service module on the ISS (it’s indicated by the red arrow):


Check out this video tour of the space station commander Sunita Williams gave last year before she departed. At 17:40 into the video, we get a brief glimpse at the service module and see gear worth tens of thousands of dollars hanging on the walls:

The gear stash appears to have grown quite a bit since 2008. Here’s what the inside of the module looked like back then:


…and what the module looked like at the end of last year:


You might recognize some of the gear from this photograph of astronaut Don Pettit that made the rounds in mid-2012:


We’d say that the gear sent up into space has been put to great use so far (well, the gear that hasn’t been allowed to burn up in the atmosphere, at least). Check out these photographs that have been captured using it:

NASA / Pettit / ISS Fotos aus dem All

NASA / Pettit / ISS Fotos aus dem All

NASA / Pettit / ISS Fotos aus dem All

NASA / Pettit / ISS Fotos aus dem All

If you like seeing how DSLR camera gear is being used up in space, check out our previous posts showing astronauts using the equipment inside and outside the space station.

(via Nikon Rumors and Reddit)

  • Norshan Nusi

    Almost sci-fi!

  • Steven Sim


  • jamie

    All Nikon gear – because in space, no one can hear you scream!

  • Bruck Assefa

    And it weighs nothing! You carry have a D4 with a 500mm f4 all day and have no problem.

  • Bas

    As close to Nikon heaven one can get!

  • harumph

    So they’re up there doing hair growth experiments on Michael Douglas?

  • Dan

    that proves my theory … Nikon users are geeks/gear-heads while Canon users are true artists…

  • chance franck

    I wonder if they have snapseed up in space.

  • Collins

    Why then would an artist care what gear they or anyone else was using?

  • Duke Shin

    My god… That’s almost gearfaggotry on /p/, btw.

  • matt jones

    they don’t seem to use lens caps or end caps on the lenses, I wonder if that is because there just isn’t any dust inside the craft?

  • rysiek

    on luna-hassselblad!