Monday, 31 October 2016

NASA reveals stunning 4K video tour of the International Space Station

Video makers used a fisheye lens for the video, shot for special Ultra HD channel.
Tours everywhere from the panoramic cupola to the holding rooms where spacesuits await astronauts.

Nasa has unveiled the stunning Ultra HD video of the space station which uses a fisheye lens to give an incredible impression of actually being in orbit aboard the ISS. Shown, the view from the cupola, an observation deck often used to capture images of Earth.

The video is produced by Harmonic, which provides NASA TV 'beautiful imagery from the space program' while 'leveraging the latest 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) technologies,' according to the company's website. The channel is described as an 'ambient video channel highlighting beautiful imagery from the space program'. It uses Ultra HD cameras on board the station.




NASA TV UHD is currently available on the AMC 18C satellite, with a North American footprint. The station orbits at a height of about 255 miles (410km). It has a total mass of about 990,000 pounds (450,000kg) and has living space roughly equivalent to a five-bedroom house. It completes an orbit of Earth every 92.91 minutes and moves at 17,100 miles (27,600km) per hour.

NASA ULTRA HD TV
The channel is described as an 'ambient video channel highlighting beautiful imagery from the space program'. It uses Ultra HD cameras on board the station. NASA TV UHD is currently available on the AMC 18C satellite, with a North American footprint.



It has now been in space for more than 6,000 days, during which time it has completed more than 92,500 orbits of Earth, and has been continuously occupied for more than 14 years. The panorama was made using photography by Italian Esa astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during her time on the station. The module has about 2,650 cubic feet (75 cubic metres) of space and is filled with research equipment, which can be explored in the video.



About 14 fish-eye photos were stitched together to create this interior view of Columbus, Esa's biggest contribution to the ISS, which was attached to the station in 2008 by Space Shuttle Atlantis. The module has about 2,650 cubic feet (75 cubic metres) of space and is filled with research equipment, which can be explored in the video.

While scrolling around, areas of interest can be clicked on to open a new page containing more information. For example, through the hatch in the distance can be seen the Japanese Kibo module, where up to four astronauts can perform experimental activities. This fascinating interactive panorama released by the European Space Agency reveals the cramped conditions astronauts on board the station operate in while orbiting at a height of 255 miles (410km), far from any assistance.

The image gives an astronaut's eye-view of the various pieces of equipment on board the Columbus space laboratory - and eventually Esa intends to allow the public to take similar tours of the entire orbiting outpost.

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATIONS VITAL STATISTICS
Construction of the ISS began on 20 November 1998. It supports a crew of up to six, with crews typically split into groups of three.

The station orbits at a height of about 255 miles (410km). It has a total mass of about 990,000 pounds (450,000kg) and has living space roughly equivalent to a five-bedroom house. It completes an orbit of Earth every 92.91 minutes and moves at 17,100 miles (27,600km) per hour.

It has now been in space for more than 6,000 days, during which time it has completed more than 92,500 orbits of Earth, and has been continuously occupied for more than 14 years.

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