NASA Nikon Space cameras

 

I have been fortunate to acquire no less than 7 different NASA modified Nikon cameras that have each flown in space. Between all the cameras they have collectively flown on the Shuttles Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis, as well as the Russian spacecraft Soyuz, with one logging perhaps up to 3 years in space aboard the International Space Station.


Image taken on the first expedition to the International Space Station. Difficult to confirm but that may be my DCS460C the Astronaut is using

The cameras have photographed various parts of the earth, storms and hurricanes, auroras, the moon and even the Shuttles themselves and the International Space Station. One camera even captured New York City on September 11th, 2001


Image taken with my DCS-460C S/N 460-2274 on September 11, 2001 - A technical problem in NASA's data file rendered the date incorrectly

This section of my website will be a work in progress as I learn more about these and other Nikon cameras and accessories used in the space program. For now, I have links to a few of my cameras so you can learn more about them, as well as some images taken by my cameras which I was able to track down through the Johnson Space Center's image archives.

In addition there are profiles on some of the early NASA modified Nikon cameras detailing the differences between the commercial versions and the space ones.

Soon I hope to add a catalogue of NASA modifed Nikon space gear that I have been compiling for the last few years. It will help shed light on the various parts and pieces used, as well as photographs, part and serial numbers.


Image of Hurricane Irene taken by my DCS460C S/N 460-2274


Image of Shuttle Endeavour taken by my DCS460C S/N 460-1848


Image of the International Space Station taken by my DCS460C S/N 460-1848 aboard the Soyuz spacecraft

Space Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center
http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/


Links to my NASA Nikon pages:

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA Modified Nikon F with Motor Drive

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA F3 Small Camera that flew on the maiden voyage of Shuttle Endeavour

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA F3 Small Camera that flew on three different Shuttles

COMING SOON - learn about my NASA F3 'Big' Camera with the removeable 250 Exposure Magazine back

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA F4 Electronic Still Camera (under construction)

COMING SOON - learn about the NASA Nikon HERCULES system

COMING SOON - learn about my NASA F4S Camera

CLICK HERE to learn about my NASA DCS460C Digital Camera used on the 1st and 2nd expeditions at the International Space Station. This one captured shots of the Space Shuttle above earth and even shots of the Space Station itself from the Soyuz Russian spacecraft

CLICK HERE to learn about the NASA DCS460C Digital Camera used on the 2nd and 3rd expeditions at the International Space Station. This one captured the aftermath in New York City on 9/11

CLICK HERE for the NASA Nikon Serial Number Database; a never ending work in progress to record all the film-based and early digital Nikon gear used in the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle eras and the early days of the International Space Station

 

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