The photograph e-book marks 20 years of human life on the Worldwide House Station
The space seems closer than ever. The previously rocky industry of commercial space tourism is now becoming a reality, and new forms of storytelling – from social media to streaming – are enabling better access to the universe around us in ways that would have been unimaginable a few generations ago. It is clear that interest has not waned and people are still looking for fascinating images that stimulate their imaginations.
Paolo Nespoli and Roland Miller tapped that collective appetite with their new book Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station, published to mark the 20th anniversary of continuous human life aboard the ISS.
Above: View from the ISS forward to the ISS aft, near-earth orbit. Above: Exterior view of the wall, space station processing facility, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida. All pictures: Paolo Nespoli and Roland MillerScaffolding and Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 – PMA 3, Space Station Processing Plant, NASA Kennedy Space Center, FloridaZ1 truss, space station processing facility, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida
The ISS modules were roughly the size of a soccer field and were originally introduced in 1998 before the first long-term human residents arrived on November 2, 2000. The ISS has been continuously occupied by humans since then and has exceeded the 13 years (ten of them in a row) that humans have inhabited the Russian-Soviet Mir space station, according to Justin P. Walsh in one of the essays in the book. The ISS is to be abandoned in 2024 and decommissioned in 2028.
Nespoli, a former astronaut and aerospace engineer who retired from the European Space Agency in 2018, took over half a million photos during his space missions. He worked on the book with Miller, who photographed launch and test facilities in the United States.
While the book, as the title suggests, mainly covers the labyrinthine interior of the space station, the pictures also give an insight into the training facilities on the lawn at home and give us a wonderful view of the earth outside from the ISS.
Drinking water dispenser, galley, spacecraft modeling rig, NASA Johnson Space Center, TexasEquipment lock and crew lock with hardware for extravehicular activities, ISS, Low Earth OrbitView of the Nadir ISS from the departure of the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft, ISS, near-earth orbit
Interior: A visual exploration of the International Space Station published by Damiani; damianieditore.com