And now for all you arm-chair, keyboard-typing astronauts: A startup called UrtheCast (Urthecast.com) is launching the world’s first-ever, high-definition livestream from outer space. Working with the Russian Space Agency, the company will install a camera aboard the International Space Station early next year. Viewers will be able to see what the space station “sees”–right down to an object one meter wide, or about the length of a guitar.
The cameras will continuously film Earth as the station orbits the planet about 15 times per day. Footage will be downlinked to ground stations, then immediately streamed via Urthecast.com. The company expects to provide footage every second for five to ten years, according to an article in Mashable.
Check out this video, set to the song “Walking in the Air,” composed of time-lapse photographs taken by the crew aboard the space station:
When they aren’t staring at these beautiful views, those living aboard the space station have a lot of clutter they must deal with: