How clear are the cameras of the iPhone 12 in space?
Last September, we covered the Nikon DLSR camera used in space by an International Space Station astronaut. Now, in a new report, a SpaceX crew revealed how a smartphone camera works in space, and what the outputs look like.
Can you use smartphone in space?
Astronauts heading to space do not have their smartphones with them. Mainly, because phones do not really have the ability to get a connection in space. After all, all the satellites and cell towers are located inside the Earth— not outside of it.
But, that does not mean that smartphones have no purpose when delivered to space. In a new report from the Digital Trends, it was revealed that a SpaceX crew member recently posted a video and photo of what space looks like from the Crew Dragon spacecraft when using an iPhone 12.
You’ve read it right. Mission Commander Jared Isaacman used his iPhone 12 model to capture a stunning shot of the Earth from space. Here is the picture we’re talking about.
When asked by another Twitter account whether he used a zoom feature, the astronaut said that he did not remember using any at all.
If you are not satisfied with that picture, Isaacman also posted a video along with the post. On his Twitter account, he said that the video was taken over Brazil from the first day on Orbit. Here is the video. Again, it was taken from iPhone 12.
What does this mean?
Using iPhone in capturing space photos is very rare happening in space history. After all, using a smartphone to get photos out there can be a little tricky, especially since it could produce non-quality images.
However, with what Isaacman posted, iPhone 12 cameras seemed to be great on Earth, and even above the planet. Specifically, about 357 miles (575 kilometers) above Earth.
As announced on Isaacman’s Twitter account, the other photos and videos captured by the team will soon be posted on social media pages. Nikon photographed photos will also be included on the list.
Things you cannot do or eat in space
Have you ever wondered how astronauts’ life in space would be like? Apart from movies, humans have really no idea how they sleep, work, or even eat out there.
In a report from the Business Insider, it was revealed that there are many things that astronauts cannot do in space than when on Earth. For example, astronauts in space cannot eat as well as they can on Earth.
Food items like bread or soda cannot be sent to space for various reasons. First, bread has the highest tendency to crumble anytime. With that fact, astronauts cannot risk pieces of bread being stuck in their devices— once that happens there could be errors in their system.
Soda is also not allowed in space. In the report, they said that soda is not buoyant enough to be in space.
Vickie Kloeris, Subsystem manager for Shuttle and ISS food systems at Johnson Space Center and program manager for NASA FTCSC, told NASA, “carbonated drinks currently don’t make the trip because the carbonation and the soda will not separate in microgravity.”
Having sex, taking a successful poop, and even sleeping could be very hard tasks for astronauts out there.