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Science Friday: Space Seen Through a Window

NASA astronaut Don Pettit has been a resident of the International Space Center for three missions totaling 370 days. During those missions, Pettit decided to take a number of photographs, which he recently published in the new book, Spaceborne. In December 2016, Chau Tu interviewed Pettit for the Science Friday podcast. Here readers will find Tu's interview with Pettit, alongside a sampling of spectacular photographs. As Pettit explains, he is interested in capturing photographs that "are radically different than anything else you could see from a satellite platform like Google Earth uses." Instead, Pettit employs a variety of techniques that depict both earth and space in radically new ways. Perhaps the most striking photograph in this collection is a black and white photograph of the Betisboka River delta in Madagascar. Check out this interview in full to learn more about Pettit's photography influences, his techniques, and his reflections on his work.
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