Check out the above view of Earth from the International Space Station at night.  I was surprised to see how much area that a lightning strike covered with its glow.  I couldn’t find any info about which camera was used to capture these images, but it would make sense that it’s a Nikon D3s or other Nikon body since the raw images were sourced from NASA.

[YouTube via PetaPixel]

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In the below video, a passenger flying from Orlando, Florida captured Space Shuttle Discovery’s final launch from the window seat.  Opportunities like this are why you should always get the window seat.

[via John Nack]

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Late last year, Nikon announced that NASA had acquired 11 Nikon D3s cameras to go along with its stable of 76 D2Xs models.  Well, NASA is putting those D3s and D2Xs cameras to good use – in space. [click to continue…]

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Nikon D3s Goes To Space

by on December 21, 2009

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Nikon D3S

NASA is a big Nikon fan apparently, having previously sent the Nikon D2Xs to space.  NASA just placed an order for 11 Nikon D3S bodies and 7 Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lenses.  That should compliment NASA’s stock of 76 D2Xs cameras nicely.

More details in the press release below. [click to continue…]

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A couple interesting photography notes from the Inauguration today:

Mashable has a nice piece on the coming of age of Microsoft’s Photosynth, as it was featured on CNN.

Additionally, Stephen Shankland over at Cnet has shows off satellite images of the Capitol Building and the crowd of onlookers.

I know there is a ton of other photography-related snippets in and around the Inauguration (man, I hate typing that word – it’s hard), but I found these two particularly noteworthy.  It’s always interesting for me to see how photography help makes the world go round.

Have you seen anything else related to photography that sticks out from the crowd?

Were you at the Inauguration?  Care to share some links to your photos in the comments, or put’em up in the forum?

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The NASA order specifically comprises of 76 D2XS digital SLR cameras, 39 NIKKOR Lenses (in two types), 64 Speedlight flashes, batteries and other accessories which will support both flight and training requirements. Except a change to NASA-specified lubricants, the D2XS models to be used for EVA are almost identical to those commercially available on the market. The D2XS models will undergo stringent NASA testing before they are qualified to be manifested for a particular mission. (read more of Nikon’s press release)

Maybe the Nikon D3 isn’t coming anytime soon after all? At $4300, the Nikon D2Xs isn’t exactly cheap (well over $300,000 for 76 of’em). Maybe NASA just didn’t want a D3? Your thoughts?

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