NASA ISS Photography

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Nikon’s D5 is no entry level camera by any means, but just how much does it cost to ship to the International Space Station? The number might astound you. For starters, it costs $10,000 per pound when transporting things to the ISS, and the camera (3.11-pounds), along with a $500 Nikon 1.4x teleconverter (0.4-pounds) and $16,300 Nikon 800mm f/5.6E lens (10.10-pounds) totals $23,300, at 13.61-pounds. At the very low end, it costs NASA $136,100 to ship this camera kit without any packaging or accessories. Read more for another video and additional information.

“Nowadays, with the shuttle program retired, launches by companies like Orbital Science and SpaceX have costs that range between $9,100 and $43,180 per pound. So it’s pretty safe to say that it still usually costs at least $10,000 per pound to deliver anything to the ISS,” according to Peta Pixel.