A Visor Filled With Awesomeness

The space station as reflected in John "Danny" Olivas' spacesuit visor on September 3, 2009 (NASA)

The space station as reflected in John "Danny" Olivas' spacesuit visor on September 3, 2009 (NASA)

When I came across this image in NASA’s Human Space Flight gallery, I stopped. I was looking for the “perfect” shuttle image during the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station earlier this month, but I got sucked into browsing through the hundreds of EVA photographs NASA has stockpiled in their archives.

This particular scene was taken by NASA astronaut John "Danny" Olivas when he was out on a spacewalk installing a new Ammonia Tank Assembly. The EVA was over six hours long and Olivas was able to do some digital photography in that time. This picture shows his spacesuit helmet visor, with a reflection of the camera at arms length below.

Also visible in the reflections in the visor are various components of the station and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang, mission specialist, anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint. –NASA

The reflection captures so much detail. The curvature of the Earth can be seen in the distance, with space station solar arrays jutting in front. Even the two docked Soyuz vehicles (TMA-14 and TMA-15) are in shot. To top it all off, ESA astronaut Fuglesang is dangling in the vacuum of space attached to a robotic arm.

Quite simply, awesome.

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9 responses to “A Visor Filled With Awesomeness

  1. So Ian without me having to google, and read…What kind of cameras do they use in space? (I.E. Brand/models) Canon, Nikon, Olympus, or does NASA create their own?

  2. So Ian without me having to google, and read…What kind of cameras do they use in space? (I.E. Brand/models) Canon, Nikon, Olympus, or does NASA create their own?

  3. I'm not totally sure what the spacewalkers use, but the space station astronauts who participate in the Earth Observatory program use a Nikon D2X digital camera (with a huge telephoto lens). The one they use on EVAs is probably a modified hand-held of some kind. Will check :)

  4. with arms wide open..welcome to this place…i'll show you everything…arms….wide open…are you comedically inferring that a huge ..robot has a dangling human in his grasp?..your choice of words confuse me….now can you see my view on your commentaries?….

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