When you were a child, did you ever dream of growing up to be an astronaut? It's a commonly chosen profession of children, along with cowboy and police officer.
Of course, most of us never realized the dream of leaving the Earth's atmosphere. Don't despair, I have good news. Although you won't actually leave the comfort of your own home, you can see what it looks like to orbit the Earth.
The ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment (HDEV) gives you breathtaking live views hovering above Earth.
The HDEV experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has been active since 2014. The idea is to see if commercial, off-the-shelf cameras can work in space if they're protected correctly. This could save NASA and other space organizations tons of money on equipment costs.
The benefit to you is that the ISS has HD cameras pointed at the Earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They're broadcasting live video feeds down to Earth and streaming online via UStream.
You can hop on at any time and watch the Earth pass underneath you like you were in low orbit.
You might also see times when the feed goes gray for a few seconds. That just means the system is switching cameras. If the feed is cut for some reason, usually the site will stream archived footage.
You also have to try the feature that tells you which part of the world you're looking at!