Anytime the topic of space is mentioned my attention is immediately grabbed. I’ve been fascinated with space exploration, the discovery of new planets, and astronomical events since I was a child. I’m super excited about the total eclipse that is going to occur on August 21.
There is more good news. Google recently announced a new feature that will give everyone a birds-eye view of the International Space Station (ISS).
How to explore the International Space Station
There is already a way to catch breathtaking live views coming from the ISS. Click here to check out the ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment. It’s a live stream of HD video cameras pointed at Earth from the ISS.
Now, you have the chance to explore the International Space Station itself. Google announced last week that its map imagery tool, Street View, will allow everyone to get an in-depth look inside the ISS.
The feature gives users a 360-degree, panoramic view of everything happening inside the ISS, including activity from astronauts that are onboard.
Watch the following video to catch a glimpse of what to expect:
It took nearly four months for French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet to map the entire ISS for Google. He collected images that were sent back to Earth and used to put together a 360-degree view.
Pesquet said in a statement, “The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directions–left, right, up, down. And it’s a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day. There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work.”
Click here to check out images from Street View of the ISS. Once you’ve clicked our link, click the box that says International Space Station. It’s pretty amazing!