Astronaut Packs Massive 800mm Lens For Twitpics From the ISS Porthole

In space, no one can hear your shutter click

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi has spent his time aboard the International Space Station doing much more than just making sushi to entertain his fellow crew. He's also taking full advantage of the space station's new Internet access to stream plenty of Twitpics taken from space And to give all of us Earth-bound folk some sights to remember, he's using something a bit more advanced than the camera on his iPhone.

According to the EXIF data on his photos, Noguchi is using Nikon's D2Xs DSLR with a massive 800mm lens to snap space photos of everything from Mount Fuji to the Golden Gate Bridge. We've assembled some of his latest work here, while we await Noguchi's reply via Twitter about how space sushi tastes.

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Nikon Nikkor 800mm

On Earth it weighs 12 pounds. Probably a lot easier to use microgravity, no?Hafizudin

Haiti from Space

Flew over Port_Au_Prince of Haiti this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers to Haiti people, from ISS.Soichi Noguchi

Tokyo from Space

Brilliant city lights over Tokyo, Japan.Soichi Noguchi

Golden Gate Bridge from Space

Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco, CA. Beautiful shadow :-)Soichi Noguchi

Mount Fuji from Space

Mount Fuji, Japan. 3,776m. The highest mountain in Japan. Photographed by Astronaut Soichi Noguchi from the International Space Station.Soichi Noguchi

Hawaii from Space

Hawaii island in the early morning sunlight. Home of Ellison Onizuka, one of the fallen heroes of Space Shuttle Challenger, 1986.Soichi Noguchi

Moon from Space

Full Moon, seen from space!Soichi Noguchi

Maldives from Space

Molvides Island, Indian Ocean. Breathtakingly beatiful!Soichi Noguchi

Kennedy Space Center from Space

KSC, Florida. Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-130 is ready to launch on Sunday!!!Soichi Noguchi

Moscow from Space

Moscow, Russia. Star City is far back on the right upper corner. #spacetweetSoichi Noguchi