The live streaming of Earth from the ISS is available on YouTube in HD quality.
When I was a child, I always dreamed about going to space, traveling between planets, and watching Earth from space. Back in the 1980s, we were almost sure that around the year 2000, space travel would be so common. Remember TV shows like “Space: 1999”, where we’ve had a moon base called “Alpha”. Unfortunately, the space race lost its momentum during the 1990s and 2000s.
We all 80’s kids realized that science fiction was not quite accurate when it came to space travel. Science fiction writers overestimated space technologies’ advancement speed (they also underestimated computer technologies’ and electronics’ advancement speed).
But thanks to the Internet and computer science, we are all able to see the earth from space – there’s a 24/7 live streaming of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).
You can also watch the NASA TV live streaming.
NASA TV airs a variety of regularly scheduled, pre-recorded educational and public relations programming 24 hours a day on its various channels. The network also provides an array of live programmings, such as coverage of missions, events (spacewalks, media interviews, educational broadcasts), press conferences, and rocket launches.
In the United States, NASA Television’s Public and Media channels are MPEG-2 digital C-band signals carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite AMC-3, transponder 15C, at 87 degrees west longitude. The downlink frequency is 4000 MHz, horizontal polarization, with a data rate of 38.86 Mhz, a symbol rate of 28.1115 Ms/s, and ¾ FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception.
The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment consists of four cameras that have been attached outside of the ISS – International Space Station.
It is hard to see anything when the International Space Station is on the dark side of our planet, but be patient, you’ll be on the sunny side in a few minutes (the orbital period of the ISS is 92.69 minutes). The orbiting station’s average speed is 7.66 kilometers per second (27,600 km/h; 17,100 mph).
Read more on the NASA website: International Space Station updates
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