Photography may not be the central role of the International Space Station, but it’s easily some of the most widely recognized byproducts of the global mission. Beyond capturing vivid Earth-scapes from above, the ISS now plays host to its first photo exhibition.

As you can imagine given the cramped confines, the space station’s first photo exhibition is a rather modest affair, consisting of five images from Dr. Hersh Chadha. The Indian photographer donated the work, which was printed on vibrachrome by Duggal Visual Solutions, to help the station’s astronauts reconnect with the planet they’re circling.


One of Dr. Chadha’s vibrachromes strapped down in the International Space Station.

“Photography is a great medium of expression, and my purpose of doing this was to let the human beings who live on the Space Station for so many months still be connected to Mother Earth,” Dr. Chadha said.

Dr. Chadha’s images were flown to the ISS in 2016 but he began lobbying for the exhibit 15 years ago, after hearing about the Apollo mission from the daughter of Stuart Allen Roosa, who piloted the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 mission. It was not until he connected with Russian cosmonaut Col. Valery Korzun that Chadha was able to secure passage for his images to the ISS.

Dr. Chadha made a video about his experience sending work to the ISS. Check it out.