Born to Explore

Like to take pictures when you travel? So does Donald R. Pettit, a 23-year veteran of the space program. But the scenic views he captures aren’t the same as the typical tourist’s.

Pettit’s passion for photography began in the sixth grade. Growing up in Silverton, Oregon, he developed and printed his pictures in a small darkroom that doubled as the family’s laundry room. His interest — most likely sparked by his mother, herself a photographer — has grown throughout his life, from amateur astronomer to NASA astronaut.