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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

Nikon D3s Digital Camera

Specifications:

  • Effective Pixels: 12.1 million
  • Image Sensor Format: FX
  • Image Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Total Pixels: 12.87 million
  • Nikon-original FX-format CMOS Sensor
  • Image Area (pixels) FX-format: (L) 4256 x 2832 (M) 3184 x 2120 (S) 2128 x 1416
  • Image Area (pixels) 1:2 format: (30 x 20) (L) 3,552 x 2,368 (M) 2,656 x 1,776 (S) 1,776 x 1,184
  • Image Area (pixels) 5:4 format: (30 x 24) (L) 3552 x 2832 (M) 2656 x 2120 (S) 1776 x 1416
  • Image Area (pixels) DX-format: (L) 2784 x 1848 (M) 2080 x 1384 (S) 1392 x 920
  • File Format: Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percentCompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percentJPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal QualityTIFF (RGB)WAV
  • Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec. in steps of 1/31/21 EV
  • Slowest Shutter Speed: 30 sec. in steps of 1/31/21 EV
  • Low Noise ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 12,800
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 9 FPS
  • HD Video Capture
  • 3-Inch Super-density 921,000-dot VGA LCD Monitor
  • Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System
  • Nikon EXPEED Image Processing
  • Fast, Accurate 51-Point AF System
  • 1,005-Pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • Scene Recognition System
  • 100% Viewfinder Coverage
  • Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator

Nikon D3s

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