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”. Unfortunately, the space race lost its momentum during the 1990s and 2000s.

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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 all able to see the earth from space – there’s live streaming of Earth from the ISS. And live! And HD! 24 hours a day (the feed will sometimes go down as the signal switches between the cameras – the screen is grey when the cameras are down)!

Live streaming of Earth

Earth from space seen from the International Space Station. You can watch the live stream below:

NASA ISS Live Stream – Earth From Space | ISS LIVE FEED: ISS Tracker + Live Chat
This ISS live stream of planet earth from space is courtesy of Nasa Earth Viewing Cameras aboard the international space station.
The station is crewed by #NASA astronauts as well as Russian Cosmonauts and a mixture of Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts as well.
As the Space Station passes into a period of night every 45 mins video is unavailable – during this time, and other breaks in transmission, recorded footage is shown.
When back in daylight the live stream of earth will recommence.

NASA TV also publishes live images from the International Space Station.

Direct from America’s space program to YouTube, watch NASA TV live streaming here to get the latest from our exploration of the universe and learn how we discover our home planet.
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 NASA web site: International Space Station updates

Live streaming of Earth from ISS
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. It is a modular structure whose first component was launched in 1998. Now the largest artificial body in orbit, it can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. The ISS consists of pressurized modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by American Space Shuttles as well as Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets. Live streaming of Earth from ISS is available thanks to The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) cameras.


M. Özgür Nevres

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