The Gear Behind NASA\'s Cool-Looking Space Cameras

Spaceman71

Spaceman71

2015-07-06 14:32:02

It turns out that the gear behind NASA's cool-looking space cameras is not so exciting after all. The camera that an astronaut uses is a retail Nikon D2X with NASA-specific firmware and special lubricant for space operation. The camera also includes a Nikon SB-800 Flash housed in a specialized case suited for space. Both the flash unit and the bracket are then enclosed in a pressurized space blanket. This high-tech blanket is needed as a normal flash does not work in the vacuum of space.
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Spaceman71

CameraSleuth

2015-07-06 14:32:02

I know the Apollo missions depended exclusively on the Hasselblad. When did they switch to Nikon? And why can't we buy their special film stock for use in extreme hot and cold temperatures of space. Would prove to be extremely useful for polar research.




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