I love space. From the breathtaking photos of planets, nebulas and galaxies to the very idea of traveling the stars, it's all amazing.
Of course, it's unlikely many of us will get outside Earth's atmosphere. Despite recent advances in reusable rockets, space tourism is still too expensive.
This project is the next best thing. It's the International Space Station's HD Earth Viewing Experiment. 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 a lot of money on equipment costs.
The benefit to you is that the ISS now has four HD cameras pointed at the Earth 24/7, and 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. The gorgeous image at the beginning of this article is actually a screenshot from the feed.