Space really gives photographers no break; on top of all this, cosmic rays destroy cameras. Pettit says any camera that's spent a year beyond Earth's protective atmosphere has severely damaged detector array chips, thanks to pummeling by cosmic rays. This makes images with bright red, green, and blue pixels dotting the frame. Editing can take care of that, Pettit says, but NASA ends up shipping about 10 new cameras to the ISS every year. The old cameras? Those are sent to die a glorious death as a shooting star by burning up in Earth's atmosphere.