Donald Pettit’s life is a bit like that of a sailor. He goes on long voyages, spends his days maintaining the ship and doing experi- ments, and when he’s done, he spends off-duty time making
pictures. There’s just one small wrinkle: Pettit works in space as a U.S.
astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS), a joint initiative of
NASA, the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the European Space Agency
and the space agencies of Canada and Japan. Seven months ago, Pettit
returned from his third space mission, and although he loves being home,
like any true sailor, he’s itching to get back out on another adventure.
The PhoTograPhic Scien TiST
Pettit is not a photographer in the professional sense, nor has he ever
been. He’s a NASA astronaut and a chemical engineer. However, throughout his career, Pettit has made a habit of utilizing cameras in his every
profession. Pettit is an explorer and a scientist; for him, the camera is as
much an observational tool as it is a means of producing art.