HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Want to see Earth from space? You could devote your life to becoming an astronaut.
You could fire up the Internet right now and gaze upon our planet in high definition glory.
A new ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment live-feed on Ustream, offers round-the-clock images of Earth as the astronauts see it.
Here’s the stream…
Four high-definition cameras, reportedly delivered by last month’s SpaceX CRS-3 resupply mission, are attached to the outside of the International Space Station.
These cameras were activated April 30, 2014 and are enclosed in pressurized and temperature controlled housing.
Since the ISS is in darkness during part of every orbit around Earth, the Ustream feed will also appear dark during those times. During technical issues, a gray slate or previously recorded video may appear.
High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here:
The “off-the-shelf” commercial cameras reportedly being used for the experiment will help researchers determine the effects of space on the equipment. If they survive, they could prove suitable for future missions, reducing the need for custom cameras and additional costs.
For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/