Posts Tagged ‘iss’

Chris Hadfield Explains How Zero Gravity Makes it Possible to Take Sharp, Hand-Held Long Exposures

Have you ever noticed how, in every photo of an astronaut using camera gear in the International Space Station, there’s pretty much never a tripod or monopod or special mount in sight? They’re always just handholding this massive camera with a 400mm lens attached.

So how, then, can they capture incredibly crisp photos of the Earth when they’re flying above it at 4.8 miles per second? In the video above, iconic Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shares the fascinating answer. Read more…

Astronaut Reid Wiseman Uses a Floating Sphere of Water as ‘The Ultimate Fisheye Lens’ on the ISS

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If we asked you to name the ultimate fisheye lens, the comments would probably fill up with many gear suggestions. Some, like this rare Nikon 6mm lens that pops up for sale occasionally, would probably be named more than once, but there’s one suggestion you probably wouldn’t make: a floating sphere of water.

That, however, is ISS astronaut Reid Wiseman‘s entry for the Ultimate Fisheye Lens. Read more…

ISS Astronauts Take the Nikon D2Xs on a Spacewalk, Snap Some Selfies Along the Way

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While taking the first of three scheduled spacewalks aboard the International Space Station this month, the Expedition 41 team decided to make the most of their 6 hour and 13 minute spacewalk by taking some incredible photographs of their mission. Beforehand though, they made sure to turn the camera on themselves, capturing a few self portraits while hanging around outside of their vehicle almost 100 miles above Earth’s surface.
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A Starry Time-Lapse of the Milky Way, as Seen From the International Space Station

We’ve come across and shared a number of time-lapses that show off the beauty of the Milky Way in spectacular fashion, but the video above is different than all of them. That’s because this Milky Way time-lapse was actually created using photos taken from the International Space Station.

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Astronaut Reid Wiseman Offers an Incredible Look at What Lighting Storms Look Like From Space

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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has been on the International Space Station since May 2014. Since arriving on the ISS, Wiseman has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and Vine by posting jaw-dropping photos and videos of his views during the mission.

Yesterday he posted a simple six-second video that’s blowing minds around the web. It shows what a lightning storm here on Earth looks like when viewed from high above our planet.
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Video: ISS Astronauts Hang Out in the Cupola and Point Out Cities as They Fly By

Ever wonder what it’s like to stare out of the ISS cupola — the massive window-filled module of the ISS, and an ideal spot for taking pictures of the Earth below — as our planet zooms by below? Well, thanks to a new video from Inside ISS, now you can! Read more…

ISS Astronaut Captures the Thousand-Mile Shadows Clouds Cast on Earth’s Surface

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Hovering somwhere between 205 and 255 miles above Earth is the International Space Station, currently housing six intrepid explorers that are hurtling through space at roughly 4.8 miles per second.

And one of those individuals is Alexander Gerst, a geophysicist who spends a great deal of his time on the ISS holding a camera and putting it to use taking pictures of our planet. Read more…

Interactive Map Lets You Browse Over 650 Photos Taken by ISS Astronauts

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Dave MacLean from the Center of Geographic Sciences has put together a pretty awesome resource for space photography lovers. He’s created an interactive map that lets you browse through over 650 photographs taken by ISS astronauts on Expeditions 40 and 41. Read more…

ISS Astronaut Snaps 3-Second Exposure to Show How ‘Crazy’ the Atmosphere Really Is

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It’s one thing to visualize different layers of gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere and see drawings and models in a book or online… it’s another thing entirely to capture it on camera. But of course, that’s one of the perks of being an astronaut on the International Space Station, you get to do a whole lot of things that are “another thing entirely.”

The photograph above was taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman and uploaded to his Twitter feed early this morning. It’s a 3-second exposure, and we know this because he captioned the photo “3 second shutter exposure at night shows how crazy our #atmosphere really is.” Read more…

This is What a Meteor Shower Looks Like from Space

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The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak this week, and astrophotographers the world over will be gazing up at the skies, cameras contending with a very bright moon in the hopes of capturing some bright streaks across the sky.

And while some of them will undoubtedly succeed in capturing some stunning shots, there’s one view not a single one will be able to get… the view of a meteor shower from above. Read more…