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Jun 27, 2012 14:21 |  #31

If they were more money smart they would have the crew autograph the bodies and lenses and auction them off.

But I guess they like to light money on fire upon re-entry.


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Jun 27, 2012 14:58 |  #32

bigjon0107 wrote in post #14633541 (external link)
Its competition. Each agency/paper thinking their guy can create the best/most marketable/whatever photo. That is like saying there should be only one car manufacture, everything else is so redundant...not true.

Comparing all these guys in the same spot, at the same event, with almost the same camera...to car manufacturers? lol. Ok then.



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Jun 27, 2012 19:36 as a reply to  @ post 14638407 |  #33

Yes, as was noted, the NASA photo guys have contracted with Nikon for the majority of the still cameras that are flown. We flew the occasional Hasselblad during the Shuttle/ISS program as well, but Nikon has definitely dominated the contract agreements. With that said, Canon won the contract for digital video cameras, so Canon does have a place in space. ;)

And yes, they will all be burned up when they reach the end of their life -- which occurs MUCH faster in space than on earth. The background radiation environment in orbit is much worse than on the surface of the earth, and this constant bombardment by high energy particles (Solar Particle Events and Galactic Cosmic Radiation) gradually destroys the camera sensors. Generally speaking, the cameras last about 12-24 months before needing replacement. (The cameras still "work" mechanically, but the resultant images exhibit lots of defects and dead pixel spots.)

I know it seems wasteful to "throw away" all this expensive equipment but, trust me, it would cost much MUCH more to actually bring it all home. Without the Space Shuttle, we no longer have a convenient way to bring things back to earth. Currently, the only transport up & down is aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and storage space inside the Soyuz is extraordinarily limited. We don't even have the capability to bring most of our high-priority science experiments back home - so we're very focused on "in situ" analysis of the experiment results in orbit. It's a very different world without the Space Shuttle.


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Jun 27, 2012 20:31 |  #34

Where were those shots of all the lenses taken?




  
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