Astronauts Using DSLRs... In Space!

This mother of all self-portraits was shot on Wednesday by Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide while on a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station. If this doesn't make you swear off duckface mirror smartphone selfies forever, you're beyond redemption.

The EXIF data in the photo -- which was uploaded to NASA's 2Explore Flickr feed -- shows that astronaut was using a Nikon D2Xs with a 10.5mm fisheye lens at f/11, 1/500, and ISO 200. Co-starring Aki (pun totally intended) is the sun, shining bright in the left-hand corner of the image. [2Explore via PetaPixel]


    I wonder if a regular high-end DSLs (weather sealed) will just work in space or do they need some modification or special casing

      There was a video put out about the camera rigs used to film the Red Bull Stratos Space jump, interesting watching. I believe the theory would be the same.

      because space is full of water?

        No, because there is radiation in space. Electronics have to be shielded.

        Because weather sealed only refers to water?

        If you've read up on weather sealing dslrs you'd know water is only one element it

        Accidently sent before I finished writing, but basically weather sealing includes dust and other small particles, I think HP posed a valid question.

          I imagine it's a tricky compromise, you want it tight enough to keep dust and crap out, but not so tight that it you you take a bunch of compressed air out into a vacume, ready to explosively decompress..

          Fixed lenses in particular, on earth it makes a lot of sense to keep it air tight from the factory, but that could blow out the front and rear elements in space.

    I can't really (apart from the radiation) see why not , It's not like electronics need air or LOL water to work

      But some mechanical parts may need gravity!

    ..It's a kodak moment...

    O wait.

    Wouldn't they be better off using the camera in the Nokia 920?

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