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With Warm Regards

If Matisse and Van Gogh worked together to make a crew portrait, this is what it might be like:

l to r: Joe Acaba, Gennady Padalka, Oleg Kononenko, Sergei Revin, André Kuipers (I was running the camera).

The thermal camera I used operates in the far infrared, with wavelengths around 10 microns, which is close to body temperature. I was using it to image the window heater in the Cupola, and played around with it a bit before putting it away.

Note that regular glass is not transparent in thermal infared, so glasses look like mirrors (and so do our windows).

Editor's note: More of Don's thermal camera pictures here