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(NASA Crew Earth Observations)


















"We catch a glimpse of a huge swirl of clouds out the window over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or the boot of Italy jutting down into the Mediterranean, or the brilliant blue coral reefs of the Caribbean strutting their beauty before the stars. And...we experienced those uniquely human qualities: awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement." (Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo Astronaut ("The Home Planet")






Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

Cameras Used on the ISS and Shuttle Missions by NASA astronauts to photograph Earth


Database CAMERA field value Manufacturer and/or Model Film width Original image size
HB Hasselblad 70mm 55mm x 55mm
LH Linhof 127mm 105mm x 120mm
MA Maurer 70mm 55mm x 55mm
MS Maurer
(w/Xenotar 80mm f/2.8 lens)
70mm 55mm x 55mm
AA Ansco Autoset 35mm 36mm x 24mm
NK Nikon (film) 35mm 36mm x 24mm
RX Rolleiflex 70mm 55mm x 55mm
SA Skylab S190A 70mm 57mm x 57mm
SB Skylab S190B 127mm 115mm x 115mm
DV Sony HDW-700 High-definition Television Camera   1920px x 1035px
E1 Black & White experimental Electronic Still Camera   1024px x 1024px
E2 Kodak DCS460 Electronic Still Camera
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  27.6mm w/3060px x 18.5mm w/2036px, RGBG array
E3 Kodak DCS660 Electronic Still Camera
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  27.6mm w/3060px x 18.5mm w/2036px, RGBG array
E4 Kodak DCS760 Electronic Still Camera
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  27.6mm w/3060px x 18.5mm w/2036px, RGBG array
N1 Nikon D1
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  23.6mm w/2000px x 15.5mm w/1312px, RGBG imager color filter
N2 Nikon D2Xs
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  23.7mm w/4288px x 15.7mm w/2848px, RGBG imager color filter
N3 Nikon D3
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  36.0mm w/4256px x 23.9mm w/2832px
N4 Nikon D3X
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  35.9mm w/6048px x 24.0mm w/4032px
N5 Nikon D3S
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  36.0mm w/4256px x 23.9mm w/2832px
N6 Nikon D4
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  36.0mm w/4928px x 23.9mm w/3280px
N7 Nikon D800E
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  35.9mm w/7360px x 24.0mm w/4912px
C1 Canon Digital IXUS 700
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  3072px x 2304px largest option

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