Donald Pettit – Space Photographer

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Donald Pettit
NASA astronaut Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for a total of 370 days. While there, he’s captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we’ve ever seen. Donald gives us an inside look into what it’s like to take photos of space, why bringing 10 DSLRs with him is actually necessary, and the reason why hard drives tend to fail in zero gravity.

Donald Pettit speaks at Luminance 2012

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Slate: “The images, which look straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as has been noted around the web, were taken 240 miles up in space by combining multiple 30-second exposure photos, and then stacking them together with imaging software. The resulting “star trail” images, as he calls them, essentially show the paths made by stars and earth lights over 10 to 15 minutes.” More photos at Slate.

Donald Pettit

- The official NASA page on Flickr has new photos from outer space all the time.

In November 2008, Donald Pettit invented a zero-g coffee cup, which used the wetting angle to carry the coffee along a crease to permit drinking and avoid the necessity of a straw.

In 2012 Donald Pettit also made a video by using an Angry Birds character to explain how physics works in space, including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting a Red Bird through the space station.

Angry Birds Space: A NASA announcement from Donald Pettit

Excellent, now we managed to find a reason to also add the brandnew trailers for the all-new Angry Birds Star Wars, the greatest invention since cupkakes and probably the most downloaded digital thingie in the history of mankind as we speak.

Cinematic Trailer

Oh, what nonsense!

Angry Birds Star Wars official gameplay trailer