Nikon was a bit thrilled to announce today that NASA recently ordered from them a number of photographic equipment, including 76 units of D2XS digital SLRs, 39 Nikkor lenses, 64 Speedlight strobes, batteries and other accessories.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the U.S. will use these stuff to photograph astronautsâ€™ activities both in and out of the space shuttle and on the space station. The D2XS models will undergo stringent NASA testing before they are qualified to be manifested for a particular mission.
The D2XS, released in June 2006, is a high-end model in the Nikon digital SLR line featuring a 12.4 effective megapixel image sensor, 5 frames per second continuous shooting and the shortest (37ms) shutter release time lag.
Nikon of course is no stranger to the space agency. They have long supplied NASA with photo equipment and it has also provided expert training in the use of such equipment.