Take your own photos from space, using Canon's imaging satellite!

Canon CE-SAT 1
(Image credit: Canon)

Astrophotography typically involves pointing your Earthbound camera towards the stars, but have you ever wanted to do the reverse – point a camera at Earth from space, and take photos of our Pale Blue Dot? 

Among Canon's fantastic presentations at CES 2021 is a an interactive showcase for one of its compact imaging microsatellites, the CE-SAT-1. In an exploration of the technology, guided by astronaut Marsha Ivins, you can take your own photographs of locations including New York, San Jose, Black Rock City, The Bahamas, Antarctica, Venice, Dubai and Japan from an altitude of 500km. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.