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NASA to Launch Kodak Professional DCS 760 Digital Camera On Mission to International Space Station

Press Release From: Eastman Kodak Company
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Eastman Kodak Company today announced that the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has chosen to carry the Kodak Professional DCS 760 camera to record the STS-108 space shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

The images captured by the multinational crew of astronauts with the DCS 760 will be used to develop surveys and maps, to chronicle the crew's life on the shuttle and to capture images of the space station. NASA plans to fly its first DCS 760 to the space station on a mission currently scheduled for November 29.

Introduced in April, the DCS 760 is Kodak Professional's latest entrant in the infoimaging industry, which is driven by the convergence of images and information technology. Infoimaging unites three closely related imaging markets -- devices, such as the DCS 760, as well as infrastructure and services / media - that enable people to more easily use images to share pictures as information, entertainment or memories.

``Space is the harshest environment known to humankind and we believe NASA is choosing Kodak because the DCS 760 represents the most complete digital camera package available,'' said Madhav Mehra, Worldwide Director, Digital Capture Product Development, Kodak Professional. ``The high-resolution images produced by its six-megapixel CCD sensor, as well as its ability to download information, were instrumental in NASA's selection of the camera for its upcoming missions. We are confident that NASA will be thrilled by the versatile performance and reliability of the Kodak Professional DCS 760 digital camera on this important mission.''

NASA has used Kodak Professional products for several years to capture and transmit some of the most dramatic images taken in space to audiences across the globe. Initially, Kodak made customized digital cameras for NASA's specialized needs. In this case, NASA is using the same off-the-shelf camera available to Kodak's professional customers.

The portable, easy-to-use DCS 760 features a higher burst rate of 1.5 frames per second and burst depth of up to 24 images. It has an innovative LCD display with exceptional brightness and contrast, a broader viewing angle, and access to unique functions via its new graphic user interface (GUI). The DCS 760 is available from authorized dealers of quality Kodak Professional digital cameras worldwide.

Kodak Professional also delivers exceptional post-shoot image management and workflow through its proprietary Kodak Professional DCS Photo Desk and Camera Manager software, its Picture Protection functions that save and protect raw image data, and its vastly improved IEEE 1394 connectivity to speed image transmission.

Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging

Eastman Kodak Company is the world's leader in helping people and businesses take, share and store pictures - traditional or digital. Kodak's sales last year of nearly $14 billion were divided between consumer and commercial products and services, such as professional and consumer digital cameras, laser imagers for radiologists, photographic films for professionals and amateurs, digital services for cinematographers, high-speed document scanners and aerial images. Kodak is a leading participant in infoimaging, a $225 billion industry created by the convergence of images and information technology. Infoimaging unites three closely related imaging markets -- devices, such as the DCS 760 digital camera, as well as infrastructure and services / media - that enable people to more easily take and share pictures as information, entertainment or memories. Kodak Professional is the world's leader in supplying professional photographers with films, paper and equipment.

Editor's Note: For information about Kodak Professional and the DCS 760, customers can call: 1-800-235-6325, or visit our web site at: www.kodak.com/go/professional.

  • (Kodak and Kodak Professional are trademarks.)

    Contact:

    Kodak International:
    Audrey Jonckheer, 716/724-9035 audrey.jonckheer@kodak.com

    U.S. & Canada:

    Bruce Hyland, 716/724-2785 bruce.hyland@kodak.com
    or
    Weber Shandwick Jim McManus, 617/351-4184 jmcmanus@webershandwick.com

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