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The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

(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 D2Xs Digital Camera


  • Single-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses
  • Image sensor: 23.7 x 15.7mm, 12-bit RGBG CMOS sensor with 12.84 million pixels, effective pixel count 12.4 million pixels (4,288 x 2,848 pixels)
  • Image size: 4,288 x 2,848 pixels
  • Sensitivity: 200,400,800,1600 (ISO equivalent)
  • Single frame shooting, capture-preview and record-and-review modes available
  • Continuous shooting: approx. 5 fps up to 17 compressed RAW images
  • LCD monitor: 2.5-inch, low temperature polysilicon TFT, 230,000-dots, adjustable brightness
  • Image size: 24 x 36mm
  • Lense mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
  • Shutter: Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane
  • Dimensions: Approx. 157.5 (W) x 149.5 (H) x 85.5 (D) mm (6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in.)
Nikon D2Xs

Specifications are subject to change without notice.