View from the ISS

ISS HD Earth Viewer

As part of NASA’s ongoing High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, we earthlings are now able to experience the stunning views of planet earth as seen by the crew members of the International Space Station (ISS), 24/7.

The experiment involves attaching four different commercially available high definition cameras to the exterior of the ISS and assessing what kind of effect the extreme radioactive environment of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has on the operational ability and survival of the cameras as they continue to transmit images back to earth and onto our screens via the Internet!

To watch the beautiful images of earth roll out in full colour on your screens at home, simply hit the “play” icon on the live ustream video feed above. Enjoy.

A guide to what you’re seeing

Why is there no sound?
THE BLUE MARBLE

If the beautiful big blue expanse of spherical awesomeness is slowly rolling below on screen, then you’re in luck. Sit back, relax and marvel.

What does a grey screen mean?
A GREY SCREEN

According to those in the know, some fellas who call themselves NASA, a grey image means comms with the ISS are unavailable, or cameras are being switched.

What does a black screen mean?
A BLACK SCREEN

Black = night time, lights out, the dark side of earth. Simple as that.

Makes sense really.

ISS Tracker Google Map
WHERE THE HECK AM I LOOKING AT?

Click on the image above to get a realtime idea of where the ISS is positioned over earth, thus giving you a good idea of what you’re looking at.