Out of This World: Astronaut Uses Nikon D5 for Space Selfies


Selfies. Love them or hate them, they’ve probably been with us for a lot longer than we like to admit but there’s no chance of them disappearing anytime soon. Especially not when you have astronauts taking part in the game – and schooling us all in the process.

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels.

Yet, as photographers, we don’t care as much about the type of photograph being taken (oddly), but we would love to know what the astronauts are using to shoot in space. And, as we told you in the title, it’s none other than a Nikon D5, much to the disappointment of Fuji and Canon shooters everywhere.

This past Sunday, January 29th, astronaut Jessica Meir joined the world for #SelfieSunday and posted the following photograph to her Twitter account directly from the International Space Station.

She included the following text with the pictures: “Fine, visor up this time – but at least the magnificent Earth still makes an appearance too. All #spacewalk #selfies (and other photos) made possible with a Nikon D5 with a 28 mm lens in a protective housing (visible in center of 2nd photo).”

As PetaPixel points out, this isn’t Meir’s first picture as she remains pretty engaged with social media but it is the first to go viral with many commenters calling it “selfie of the year,” among other things.

Of course, you know we love anything space-related. If you’d like to check out some of our other articles about photography in space, click this link right here.

What do you think? Is the Nikon D5 a good choice for a space selfie? What camera model would you choose? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below this article.

Also, check out some of my other photography news articles on Light Stalking by clicking this link here.


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