In case you’ve been wondering, everybody can now have a 3D tour of the International Space Station and experience how astronauts orbit in zero gravity while sitting in front of the home computer, as NASA posted a new playlist of 3D videos on the agency’s official YouTube channel, providing a realistic representation of living and working on the International Space Station and other fascinating images from its space programme.
clip posted online this week from the astronauts’ adventures in microgravity 3D cinematography is a video that shows how water behaves on board the International Space Station. The video can be found below.
NASA astronaut Don Pettit shot this material aboard the ISS back in 2012 using a 3D camera. The floating tour takes the viewer through the confined interior of the station, but the most spectacular views come when Pettit points the camera outside for views of a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the station.
“Nasa’s imaging experts have advanced the science of imaging technology so that even more breathtaking pictures let viewers virtually experience the phenomenon of spaceflight,” the US space agency said in a statement. “Delivering images from these new and exciting locations is how we share our accomplishments with the world,” said Rodney Grubbs, who is the principal investigator for the 3D camera study on orbit.
The International Space Station is a habitable satellite that orbits the Earth at an altitude of 220 miles once every 90 minutes, which means the sun sets and rises for the crew 16 times a day. It’s a huge project not owned just by a single country: NASA (USA), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (several European countries) and CSA (Canada) all pitched in to build it.
The ISS has hosted a bunch of scientific experiments for other government agencies, private companies and educational institutions since the year 2000. Experiments vary in nature from growing zucchinis to observing ant colonies, though some recent ones include 3D printing in zero-g and testing Robonauts’ (a humanoid robot) potential to help humans with their tasks.
Apart from performing experiments, crew members are in charge of making sure the station is functioning alright, after all, if anything goes wrong, it’s their lives on the line.