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This is simply too cool not to share. Biretta tip to AC who sent the link. o{]:¬)

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NASA Now Streaming Live HD Camera Views of Earth from Space (Video)

Daydreaming about being an astronaut just got a whole lot easier.

NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial high-definition video cameras that were installed on the exterior of the International Space Station last month. The project, known as the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, aims to test how cameras perform in the space environment. You can see the live HD views of Earth from space above.

“The cameras are enclosed in a temperature-specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space,” NASA officials write in an online description of the HDEV experiment. “Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions.

Some of the cameras’ components were designed by high school students as part of the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware, according to a NASA description of the experiment. The students are also operating the experiment.

You can follow NASA’s stream directly here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload. If the screen is black, don’t worry — the space station is likely just on Earth’s night side. (The station completes one orbit every 90 minutes, so you won’t have to wait too long for our gorgeous planet to roll into view once again.)

The webcast of HD Earth video feed is also on Space.com, and will be accompanied by other live space broadcasts as events warrant.


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  1. gramma10 says:

    Isn’t our mighty Creator God soooo magnificant? His Creation is just amazing.
    Plus, now we can view what the astronauts can see from waaay up there. Unbelievable!
    Our earth, our habitat, what He made just specifically for us! How lovely, really!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    How do they get any work done up there?

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  4. The Masked Chicken says:

    Since this is an astronomy-themed post, I would just like to note, in passing, the death of Leonard Nimoy, this Friday, at age 83.

  5. The Cobbler says:

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    Happy for Earth, still a bit sad that Spock died.

  6. The Cobbler says:

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