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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 D1 (Digital Camera)


  • Single-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses
  • Image sensor: 23.7 x 15.6mm, 12-bit RGB CCD with 2.7 million pixels, effective pixel count 2.66 million pixels (2,012 x 1,324 pixels)
  • Image size: 2,000 x 1,312 pixels
  • Sensetivity: 200, 400, 800, 1600 (ISO equivalent)
  • Single frame shooting, capture-preview and record-and-review modes available
  • Continuous shooting, approx. 4.5 fps, max. 21 consecutive shots
  • LCD monitor: 2-inch, low temperature polysilicon TFT, 114,000 pixels, adjustable brightness
  • Image size: 24 x 36mm
  • Lense mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
  • Shutter: Combined electronic (CCD) and mechanical shutter
  • Dimensions: Approx. 157 (W) x 153 (H) x 86 (D) mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 in.)
Nikon D1

Specifications are subject to change without notice.