The long exposure “star trail” photographs captured by NASA astronaut Don Pettit are absolutely remarkable. Don Pettit has now added photographer to his job description as well as Expedition 31 Flight Engineer. These photos use a series of 10 to 15 minute exposures, and they capture a number of paths made by stars and the lights on the Earth’s surface.
Standard digital cameras can only take 30-second exposures so Don Pettit took numerous 30-second photos and used imaging software to create a longer exposure. The colorful and final outcome of his pictures shows flashes and strands of light entering the frame in various directions. Pettit calls these various light patterns “star trail” photos, and they are full of vibrant colors and light patterns.
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The ‘Star Trail’ Captures by Astronaut Don Pettit
1. Long Exposure Photography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced imaging software that can create long exposure effects with standard digital cameras.
2. Astrophotography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Design specialized cameras or camera attachments for capturing the beauty of star trails and celestial phenomena.
3. Space Exploration Photography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop compact and lightweight cameras specifically optimized for space missions to capture stunning photographs.
1. Photography - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning into cameras to automate and enhance long exposure photography techniques.
2. Aerospace - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create specialized imaging equipment for astronauts to capture high-quality photographs during space missions.
3. Software Development - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced imaging software that can process and enhance photographs taken in extreme conditions, such as outer space photography.