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Donald R. Pettit
NASA Astronaut

Donald Roy Pettit is an American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the International Space Station, one space shuttle mission and a six-week expedition to find meteorites in Antarctica. Orbiting the Earth more than 3,000 times while traveling 82 million miles, this space traveler has also taken nearly a half-million photos to capture the awe of his journeys.

“Looking at Earth from space is amazingly beautiful,” said Pettit. “It’s a perspective where you can see things on a length scale of half a continent.”

Pettit presented his lecture “Astronauts’ Guide to Photography in Space” in RIT’s Webb Auditorium in April 2015.