Thomas and Matthias astro chats: space photography | Episode 4

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Join ESA astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Matthias Maurer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. In part four of this video series, the astronauts discuss taking photos on the International Space Station.

Though mission details and dates are yet to be confirmed, Thomas and Matthias are the next two European astronauts in line for flights. Thomas has flown to the International Space Station before, while Matthias will fly for the first time.

Prior to a mission, astronauts train extensively to ensure they are familiar with the vast array of systems and operations on board. In this video, the pair reflect on the images Thomas took during his first mission and how he plans to approach space photography the second time around.

This video was filmed in June 2020. At that time, the platform Thomas and Matthias were standing on – in front of a full-scale mock-up of the International Space Station – was the only place at NASA’s JSC that they could interact without face masks. Despite this, the pair were required to maintain social distance at all times as a precaution.

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7 Comments

  1. Great chat between Thomas and Matthias. Learning by doing is always a good thing to do. Am a hobby photographer eager to see new pictures about the Earth when Matthias and Thomas will be on the ISS. Hopefully Matthias would take some good photos when the ISS will be over Germany especially over Saarland where I do live there , not far from St. Wendel which is the home Village of Matthias Maurer. Good luck Matthias and Thomas for the launch to the ISS.

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