STS-128: Departure  

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STS-128: Departure
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I posted this shot of Discovery taken from the ISS after completing its mission if for no other reason than to marvel at the clarity of the detail in it.

Ever since the NASA crews ditched their trusty old Kodak Pro SLRs and replaced them with Nikon D3s, the quality as far detail captured took a heavy slide as did the marked increase in colour noise too. Considering that the orbiter is tanking along at around 18K mph, the detail both in it and especially the terrain on the planet below is remarkable. I wonder if they have switched cameras again maybe to a D3X?

Image Credit: NASA/JPL.

Edit: Checked the originals meta data and it reads as follows - Camera Model: Nikon D3, Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec, Aperture priority mode, f stop f/7.1, ISO 200, Focal length 130mm, Lens 80-200mm f/2.8


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09/11/09 5:30 AM GMT
sadly, the photo also shows how beat up the orbiter fleet is looking these days. I hope to god that the President ignores his 'advisers' and listens to NASA about retiring the fleet. If they don't think it is safe to extend their operating life - why would a bunch of bean counters know any better?
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A smart bomb is only as clever as the idiot that tells it what to do
09/11/09 5:40 AM GMT

"... tanking along at 18K mph ..."

Shutter speed used?


Interestingly and seemingly in my mind, since 'outer space' doesn't seem to be the lynch pin in 'security', as much as it was during the arms buildup ... that it's priority in the government eyes has fallen to the wayside.

Go figure?
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"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
09/11/09 6:10 AM GMT
yep - NASA seems to get used as a good tool by administrations for making good speech soundbites but never get the funds they need to do all that is asked for them (unless it has military applications as well). There is normally some public backlash down the road then about why are we sending people to the moon when there are people starving in America - completely ignoring the fact that the concerned American public spend seven times more than the budget NASA is requesting for its Constellation program a year on Big Macs. Go figure indeed.
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A smart bomb is only as clever as the idiot that tells it what to do
09/11/09 11:17 AM GMT
Cool image!!

Let's go cruisin'!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
09/11/09 8:58 PM GMT
Amazing and wonderful! Superb work!
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