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NASA Astronaut Brings 4-Year-Old Son to Spacesuit Photo Shoot

When NASA astronaut Anne McClain had her official spacesuit photo shoot leading up to her trip to the International Space Station in November, she decided to do something unusual: McClain brought along her 4-year-old son for the session, and the resulting photos are adorable.

The Nikon Cameras Used by NASA

I recently attended Nikon's first-ever Fan Meeting event in Japan and one of the interesting things I was able to see and learn there was Nikon's history of equipment being used by NASA in space.

NASA Just Ordered 53 Nikon D5 DSLRs

NASA just placed a hefty order for 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLRs. The cameras currently cost about $6,500 each, so if NASA paid full retail price for each camera, they just spent at least $344,500 on this purchase.

Astronaut Captured Blue Lightning on Camera from the ISS

For years, airline pilots have reported seeing unusual lightning phenomenon that we don't get to witness from the ground. Luckily for us, astronauts on the International Space Station have a perfect vantage point, and one of them did capture "blue lightning" while orbiting the Earth.

This is How You Shoot a DSLR Selfie in Space

In space, you don't need a tripod or selfie stick to shoot a remote self-portrait. Nikon Iran recently posted this video of an astronaut in zero gravity placing his Nikon DSLR at arms length and then using the floating camera to snap a shot.

Little Astronaut Discovers Our World in Touching Father/Son Photo Project

There was a time when what you consider your "day-to-day," with all its errands and monotony, was new and fresh. A time when each trip outside was a foray into the great unknown. That's the feeling that photographer dad Aaron Sheldon and his 4-year-old son capture in their photo project Small Steps Are Giant Leaps.

NASA Astronaut Tweets Photos of First Flowers Ever Grown in Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has attracted over 700,000 followers on Twitter by regularly sharing beautiful snapshots of Earth, as seen from the International Space Station.

Over the past few days, however, Kelly has been photographing something a little closer to his home: the first flowers ever grown in space.

This Photo of an Astronaut Shows How Big the ISS Is

You've probably seen countless photos by now of astronauts working inside and outside the International Space Station, but sometimes it's hard to get a sense of scale when the photos don't show much of the station. If you'd like an idea of just how big the station is, check out this photo of American astronaut Kjell Lindgren working on it.

Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko with the Nikon DSLR Gear on the ISS

Here's a portrait of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko posing with Nikon DSLR gear on the International Space Station on October 6th, 2015. Tens of thousands of dollars in camera equipment is stored on the walls of Zvezda, the Russian service module in the ISS. As you can see, there are lens mounts fixed to the walls of the module for storing the collection of glass.

The Apollo Mission Photos as a Stop Motion Journey to the Moon and Back

People are having fun remixing those 8,400 Apollo moon mission photos that were uploaded to Flickr last week. A couple of days ago, we shared a video that brought the photos to life with faux slow-motion that was added with Photoshop and After Effects.

The video above is another interesting remix. It's the photo set turned into a 3-minute stop-motion video that shows the astronauts journey to the moon and back.

6K RED Camera on ISS Used to Capture Water Bubble Experiments

Did you know the International Space Station has a RED Epic Dragon in its camera arsenal now? The 6K camera was delivered to the station back in January 2015, allowing astronauts to capture footage at 300 frames per second and 6 times more detail than before.

To show off their new recording abilities, astronauts have posted a couple of videos in which they play with floating orbs of water in the microgravity environment of space. The experiments have been a hit: the 1-minute video above has gotten nearly half a million views in just the past few days.

Every Moon Photo Shot by Apollo Astronauts is Now on Flickr

Want to browse the entire collection of photos captured on the moon by Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras? You can now do so right on Flickr.

The Project Apollo Archive has uploaded over 8,400 high-resolution scans of photos shot by Apollo astronauts during trips to the moon.

Photos by Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy’s First Female Astronaut

Back in 2009, Samantha Cristoforetti was selected by the European Space Agency to become Italy's first female astronaut. She went on to spend 200 days aboard the International Space Station, setting the record for the longest continuous space flight by a woman.

If you're interested in space travel yourself, you should take a look at Cristoforetti's Flickr account, where she has been faithfully documenting the things she sees and experiences.

A Time-Lapse of Earth Created Using Photos Taken by Astronaut Alexander Gerst

Photographs captured from the International Space Station have gotten a lot of press in recent years, especially as social networking has helped to share them with a wider audience. Quite a few time-lapses have been made as well using those photos.

Usually those videos are created by video editors who combine all kinds of photos found on space agency websites. The video above is a bit different: it was created with photos captured by a single person: astronaut Alexander Gerst.

From Above: Astronaut Don Pettit on the Experience of Photographing Earth from Space

Check out this gorgeous short film in which NASA astronaut Don Pettit shares what it was like to photograph Earth from orbit in the International Space Station. During his time aboard the station, Pettit became one of the most prolific astronaut photographers in the history of space exploration -- one time he clogged up data transfers for three days with photos from a 30-minute shoot.

The First Hasselblad in Space is Up for Auction, and It Comes with the First ZEISS Lens in Space

Space camera collectors and space camera admirers grab your bibs and prepare for some serious drooling. Seven months after that Hasselblad that may or may not have gone to the moon and back snagged a whopping $90K at a WestLicht auction, another intriguing but this time very official Hassy is on the auction block again.

The camera and attached ZEISS lens are the very first Hasselblad and ZEISS in space, and RR Auction in Boston has gone to great lengths to prove that these items are legitimate.

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

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.

This is What a Meteor Shower Looks Like from Space

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.

Clever Photo Series Imagines the Everyday Life of an Earthbound Astronaut

Say you're a space enthusiast; and say you find yourself bidding on an old Russian high altitude spacesuit; and then, say you win that auction. What would you, as a skilled photographer with a brand new, awesome prop on hand, do with it?

We can't speak for you, but we can show you what photographer Tim Dodd did, and it's just plain fun.