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Astrophotography: The View From the ISS

By Ruth Dunn on March 14th 2013

Though the average person will never experience space from the perspective of an astronaut, cameras allow us to have some insight into the spectacular world that exists beyond earth. Astronaut Dr. Don Pettit has, for a long time, welcomed us into his world on the International Space Station.

During three flights and 370 days in space Astronaut Dr. Don Pettit used astrophotography and his fun experiments he called “Saturday Morning Science”, “Science Off the Sphere” and “Zero-G coffee cup” to give the world unique insight into his journeys in space.

Fellow astrophotographer Christoph Malin has paid tribute to Pettit and the International Space Station Program with an awe-inspiring film. The film explores Pettit’s (and some of Malin’s) astrophotographic work while also explaining the challenges of astrophotography aboard the ISS.

Malin says:

“It can not be emphasized enough, how Dr. Pettits innovative photographic work and his passion has changed the way we see earth from space.”




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Ruth is a Brisbane based journalist specialising in articles about visual art, photography, design and fashion. Co-founder of Raw Ink magazine, she enjoys uncovering interesting and unique events, issues and people to write about.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting.

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