Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA

Eyes on Earth

Live streaming video by Ustream

NASA is now streaming live high-definition footage of the Earth, captured by four cameras attached to the International Space Station as it orbits the planet. The new project, known as the High Definition Earth Viewing Experiment (HDEV), will stream video of Earth until October 2015. In April the SpaceX Dragon capsule delivered the gear to the orbiting laboratory as part of a resupply mission and astronauts installed the cameras. Temperature-controlled housing shields the cameras from cosmic radiation. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware program. The experiment aims to assess camera quality in space and may help engineers determine what recording technology to use for future missions. 

Sit back, watch, and enjoy our home planet!