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From: Norfolk, VA
Registered: May 2007

posted 11-08-2007 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the successful end of STS-120, it's time to pick our favorite images from the mission. My picks are this one of DISCOVERY during the Roll-Over Pitch Maneuver.

To me, this is the essence of the spaceship DISCOVERY.

My next favorite is this helmet camera capture during Saturday's spacewalk:

I just wish Scott Parazynski's digital camera would have worked. A high resolution version of this image would have been the picture of the decade, even more so than the image of ENDEAVOUR from STS-118.


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posted 11-08-2007 07:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would also like to have seen a hi-res image of what Scott Parazynski saw from his POV.

A questions for you photogs out there. Does the helmet camera have some kind of fish-eye feature? The curvature of the Earth makes it appear that they are far higher in altitude than they are. It reminds me of the pictures taken from Gemini 11 when they reached 850 miles up.

Great shot either way.


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posted 11-08-2007 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WSTFphoto   Click Here to Email WSTFphoto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The video system of the EMU helmet was upgraded in 2001. (I think thatís what is still in use, but Iím not an EMU person). It included three 1/3Ē format CCTV cameras with three different fixed focal lengths: a 3.5-millimeter lens, located just left of center on top of the helmet shell, providing a wide-angle view; a 6-millimeter lens mounted above the light on the left side of the helmet, providing a medium-angle view; and a 12-millimeter lens mounted above the light on the right side of the helmet, providing a narrow angle view.

The image above is most likely from the top camera. The 3.5mm lens in combination with the 1/3Ē imager would produce a horizontal angle-of-view of about 80 degrees. (That would be the rough equivalent of putting a 20mm lens on your 35mm-format film camera, as a point of reference).

-- David

Edited by WSTFphoto on November 08, 2007 at 01:38 PM.


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posted 11-09-2007 01:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This one is pretty neat.



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posted 11-09-2007 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I currently use this as my computer background. I have 2 monitors so it fits nicely between the two.


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posted 11-09-2007 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was gonna post but see Chris has already posted my fav so far. It really shows the scale of the solar arrays.


The only thing that spoils it is the fringing around the spacewalker !

Edited by nasamad on November 09, 2007 at 12:58 PM.

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