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NASA orders 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLR cameras

August 28, 2017 Gadgets No Comments Email Email

Nikon Australia is pleased to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASAhas ordered 53 Nikon D5 digital SLR cameras. NASA plans to use the cameras at their astronaut training facility and for recording intra and extravehicular activities at the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA have not requested any special hardware modifications to any of the 53 cameras in its order. Just as it was with the D3S DSLR cameras delivered to NASA in 2009, these D5 cameras will be the same models available to customers , which shows the incredible reliability and quality of Nikon products, as well as their ability to withstand the harshest of environments.

  • Highlights of Nikon’s history with NASA

1971

The Nikon Photomic FTN* (NASA specifications) and NIKKOR lens were used on Apollo 15.

1980

The “Small Camera”, based on the Nikon F3 film SLR camera and equipped with a motor drive, and the F3 “Big Camera”, which utilized long film, were delivered to NASA. The “Small Camera” was used aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia launched the following year.

1999

The Nikon F5 film SLR camera and AF NIKKOR lens were carried aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery to photograph extravehicular activities (EVA).

2008

The Nikon D2XS digital SLR cameras were delivered to NASA. Six D2XS cameras are used in space to document activities such as inspection and maintenance.

2013

A total of 38 Nikon D4 digital SLR cameras, 64 NIKKOR lenses, including the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, and various other accessories were delivered to NASA. These products were used, among other things, to check solar panels and outer surfaces of the ISS.

2016

An additional 10 Nikon D4 digital SLR cameras were delivered to NASA, and are also used to check solar panels and outer surfaces of the ISS.

*Nikon F equipped with Photomic FTN viewfinder that supports TTL center-weighted metering

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