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.
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)!
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).
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