Now, Anyone On Earth Can See Our Planet From Space In Real Time

Dec 1, 2014

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By Jessica Orwig

There’s nothing as profound as seeing Earth from space.

Yet, only the 543 people who have trained as astronauts ever get to experience the Earth in a way that boggles the human mind — called the overview effect — until now.

But now, thanks to the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment, anyone with access to a computer and internet can watch Earth float in space from the perspective of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The HDEV experiment was activated on April 30 of this year, and so far over 32 million people have experienced the Earth in a way unlike any other — at a height of 268 miles above the surface.

Several commercial HD video cameras are attached to the European Space Agency’s Columbus module aboard the ISS. Each camera is pointed at Earth, and live records and streams what they see.


 

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12 comments on “Now, Anyone On Earth Can See Our Planet From Space In Real Time

  • With Ustream I just saw a commercial.

    Ditto. Write off Ustream. Advertizing is an insult to humanity and I refuse to be insulted voluntarily. The NASA site seems to want a LogIn of sorts. Via Facebook. I don’t think so Tim.



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  • I got a still image of part of the station (that looked like two coffee cans wired together with some white extension cords) and the sound of a Russian cosmonaut speaking in English to Houston. Of course, it could have been a plastic mock-up and a guy in a garage.



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  • @OP – But now, thanks to the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment, anyone with access to a computer and internet can watch Earth float in space from the perspective of the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

    . . .. and for quite some time now people with computers, have been able to watch the Sun live and from archive footage. (Apart from the odd service interruptions.)

    http://www.helioviewer.org/



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  • I think the connection drops in and out as it loses signal. I got five minutes view over the horn of Africa. Whats really nice is the international comments going into the chat room. Definitely favouriting this.



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  • I have had this up for an hour or two with some awesome images. No ads in the Ustream stream BTW. I would wish for a more aesthetic timing in cutting between cameras. Also more bandwidth and less dropout would be nice. Also better exposed dark shots would be nice too even if noise did get cranked up.



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  • I’m able to hear audio communications, but no images at the present.

    There is this explanation of the site’s performance just below the map showing the ISS’s position:

    Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During “loss of signal” periods, viewers will see a blue screen. Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.

    Steve



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    bonnie says:

    Hmm, wonder if ISS crew ever get sick – if so, could “fill in the blank malady” be contagious in their particular environment?



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