Nikon USA just announced that they sent 10 stock D5 full frame cameras to space. These cameras will be used to document intra- and extra-vehicular activities at the International Space Station (ISS).
Back in August 2017, Nikon announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has ordered 53 units of the above-mentioned camera to be used both here on Earth and on the ISS. 10 of these were recently sent to the ISS via the OA-8 Space Station Cargo Resupply mission.
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The Nikon D5 is the brand’s latest flagship full frame camera launched back in January 2016. It features 153 Auto-focus points, 20.8 megapixel sensor, and an ISO range of 100 to 1,024,000. In addition, it can shoot 12 frames per second for up to 200 shots.
It will follow a long line of Nikon cameras such as the Nikon Photomic FTN, F5, D2XS, and D4 to be sent to space which started back in 1971 for the Apollo 15 missions.
We have liftoff! The Nikon D5 launched on its first mission into space! Ten Nikon D5 cameras are aboard the OA-8 mission to resupply the @ISS and will be used to capture images from orbit high above Earth. #NASA #orbitalatk #antares #cygnus #internationalspacestation #space #astronaut #outerspace #D5 #NikonNoFilter #NikonLove #NikonD5
Watch this amazing time lapse video created using various Nikon cameras on the ISS.