Earth: coming soon to a computer near you

Published on April 27th, 2012
Earth: coming soon to a computer near you

Until now, there’s been only one way to see planet Earth from outer space: become an astronaut and blast yourself up, up and away. But not for much longer, thanks to an awesome new Canadian project called UrtheCast…

The UrtheCast crew is preparing to mount High-Definition (HD) camera’s on the International Space Station, and these seriously powerful webcams will then stream live footage of the world down to all the people on it, 24/7! So, whenever you want to see the Earth from above, all you’ll have to do is log onto the Internet and watch the world turn from the comfort of your own home.

And the coolest part? You might even get to spot your own home! This is because the cameras will be High Definition, making the footage detailed enough to see individual cities and buildings as they glide past the International Space Station. You’ll also be able to rewind and pause the video, and tag specific footage.

When’s it going to happen?

Right now, the camera’s are being built and when they’re ready, they’ll be shipped off to Russia so the Russian Federal Space Agency can blast them up, up and away to the International Space Station. And once they’re up and running, the team hopes they’ll film non-stop for at least five years. We’ll let you know when the filming begins, so watch this space or visit www.urthecast.com for more info. Meanwhile, check out this amazing video…

Or you could become a real astronaut…

Of course, there’s still no substitute for the real thing. If you really want to see planet Earth with your own eyes, you’ll need to get a job that involves leaving our beautiful planet (don’t worry – it’s only temporary). Click here to read an interview with a former NASA astronaut who’s seen the real deal.

Photo credit: Earth image from NASA