The Photography of Edgar Martins
Photographer Edgar Martins has collaborated with the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce a comprehensive photographic gallery of the Agency’s various facilities, along with those of its international partners. Martins’ long-exposure photos, taken with analogue wide film cameras, document the variety of specialized installations and equipment needed to prepare missions for space. Martin, born in Evora, Portugal, is an award-wining photographer whose work has been featured internationally in several collections.
The above image is of a mockup of Node 2, or the Harmony Module of the International Space Station (ISS). The mockup is located in the Erasmus High Bay exhibition area of ESA’s Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Stored Sokol spacesuits in the astronauts’ dressing room at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russian Federation. Sokol spacesuits are worn by astronauts on the Soyuz spacecraft. The Sokol is a rescue suit with the purpose of keeping the wearer alive in the event of accidental depressurization of the spacecraft. It’s not for use outside the spacecraft.
Helmet of a SCAPE suit used by the propulsion crew during spacecraft fueling operations at CSG-Europe’s Spaceport. SCAPE suits are used to protect the fueling operators from the toxic effects of hydrazine.
Columbus Training Simulator at ESA’s European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany, where astronauts train to use the Columbus Laboratory on-board the ISS. Columbus Laboratory is ESA’s largest single contribution to the space station and Europe’s first permanent research facility in space.