The ISS like you've never seen it

Photographer Roland Miller worked with Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli to document the International Space Station.

Roland Miller, who has photographed the American space program for 30 years, worked with Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli to capture the International Space Station in impressive detail.

Paolo Nespoli and Roland Miller

The resultant book, Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station, has debuted in a Kickstarter campaign. The 200-page hardback is set to launch in time for November 2, 2020, the date that marks 20 years of humans continuously inhabiting the ISS.

Roland Miller

The book contains some of the most stunning views of the International Space Station. This photo, taken as the Soyuz TMA-20 capsule was departing from the space station, is one of the only images of a space shuttle docked at the ISS made away from the station.

Roland Miller

Others show some surprisingly visually striking images. This one shows the Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 covered by scaffolding, creating a unique effect.

Roland Miller

In the space station, everything has to have a place and be tethered to it.

Roland Miller

Miller worked closely with Nespoli. He told Colossal that he used Google Earth's ISS content to capture the station from various angles, then shared the shots with Nespoli so he could recreate them.

“Not only could I use it to see what the station really looked like, but I could do screenshots of parts of it,” he told the publication.


The interior of the station creates some incredible visual effects. In this image, which shows the view into the Japanese Experiment Module, the brilliant purple lights illuminate the way through.

Roland Miller

Miller's book joins an impressive back catalog of space photography. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured this image of northern Europe during his time on the ISS. He released a book compiling his photos under the title The Work of His Hands.

The 2015 book Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA, explores NASA's archives and surfaces some of its best works. It features this image of Saturn, taken by Cassini.


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