From their orbiting home on the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts have a view unlike anything most of us will ever see. In the past 20 years, they have shot millions of photographs, and it is not just a hobby. It is an important scientific job, and one they need to be trained to do. So the astronauts and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing team work together before, during, and after every mission to get the most out of every shot.

Learn more about astronaut photography and the ESRS team in parts 1 & 3 of the series:
Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography in Focus
Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes

Subtitle file

Writers and producers: Kathryn Hansen and Michael Carlowicz
Images: Astronaut photographs are provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. Action video from the ISS provided by NASA Johnson Space Center. Visit the EO astronaut photography collection and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit.
Music: “Inspiring Science Technology Documentary” by FLUSH303
November 2, 2020