jsc2012e052681 (Final Sale)

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by Donald Pettit

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Artist Statement

This is a composite of a series of images photographed from a mounted camera on the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, from approximately 240 miles above Earth.

My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then 'stack' them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.

Image courtesy of NASA.


+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.


Innova Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 20
14"x11" | edition of 200
20"x16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 20

Donald Pettit

Donald Pettit is a chemical engineer and NASA astronaut. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Pettit reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. A veteran of three spaceflights, Dr. Pettit has logged more than 370 days in space and over 13 EVA (spacewalk) hours in 3 flights. Expedition 6 (November 23, 2002 to May 3, 2003) was his first spaceflight as NASA International Space Station Science Officer. On Expedition 30/31 (December 21, 2011 to July 1, 2012) he created the incredible Star Trails images by compositing a series of images photographed from a mounted camera on the International Space Center. Dr.... Read More
Pettit earned his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983.
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