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Old 11-14-2018, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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your take on $23,000 Nikon DSLR Kit on the ISS Had a Delivery Fee of $130,000+

The astronauts onboard the International Space Station get new cameras delivered from time to time ó 10 Nikon D5s arrived in late 2017 after NASA ordered 55 of them. But did you know that itís extremely expensive to stock the ISS astronautsí camera arsenal? That camera kit you see above cost at least $150,000 to send to the space station.

This past weekend, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst Tweeted photos of himself giving Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev a haircut in the Zvezda Service Module. That service module is where the stationís Nikon gear is mounted to the walls, so Gerstís photos provide the latest look at what camera gear the astronauts are shooting with.

Business Insider did some calculations back in 2016 and found that NASAís old space shuttles could carry 50,000 pounds of cargo on each $500 million launch, meaning it cost about $10,000 for each pound of cargo.

Nowadays, with the shuttle program retired, launches by companies like Orbital Science and SpaceX have costs that range between $9,100 and $43,180 per pound. So itís pretty safe to say that it still usually costs at least $10,000 per pound to deliver anything to the ISS.

Back to that Nikon DSLR kit above. A $6,500 Nikon D5, $500 Nikon 1.4x teleconverter, and $16,300 Nikon 800mm f/5.6E lens will set you back $23,300 if you buy the kit at retail prices.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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here - wrap your brain around this . . . all the Hasselblad cameras taken to the moon for the Apollo landings are still there . . . they removed the film to take back, and left the cameras

and if the ISS gets decommissioned at some point do you think those cameras will be carefully returned to Earth? Or will folks be making wishes on their re-entry fireballs?
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And an average person consumes about 10lbs of food and water every day, but we don't stop sending it to ISS just because it's expensive. The cost of space travel, man.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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