ISS – Live Video of Earth from Space

International Space Station (ISS) Broadcasts Live Video Of Earth From Space

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  • Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
  • Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
  • No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.

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The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.
Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here: – Credit NASA

ISS Video - Live From Space

ISS Video – Live From Space

12 Responses to “ISS – Live Video of Earth from Space”

  • José Sidenei de Melo says:

    É realmente uma visão fascinante. Mas sinto que o ISS não possa estar numa altitude maior, então veríamos nosso Planeta em todo seu esplendor.
    However, truly amazing anyway.

  • Diana Sprain says:

    I love this site. The view of our planet is amazing

  • Yousra says:

    this is Such an amazing experience, I’m truly grateful that I live in this beautiful blue planet.
    the best moment is when the ISS is emerging from the dark side of the earth to the bright side or when the moon is showing in the horizon.

  • David Brawls says:

    Why can’t we see city lights when it passes over at night?

    • Liam Kennedy says:

      David Brawls asks “Why can’t we see city lights when it passes over at night?”

      The video camera’s used for these views are not capable of capturing city lights (or aurora or lightening storms) because they are capturing 30 fps using standard off-the-shelf commercial cameras. All the “city lights” videos you see online from the ISS are created from combining 1000’s of “long-exposure” still frames (each frame is typically exposed for 0.5 to 1.5 seconds.

      Hopefully one day a new camera system will be launched that CAN capture live night time views – but for now – it’s not possible.

  • Angus Dorbie says:

    Marred by compression artifacts manifesting as vertical streaks and gaps as clouds roll towards camera.

  • Tery says:

    It is truly a beautiful planet, one views it from space, the size and magnificence of this blue ball we all live on, spinning around our sun, is an incredible reality to be in, while we are alive in the now.

  • Terry Coleman says:

    It`s only when you watch for a while that you realise just how much of this planet is covered by water !

  • paul says:

    awesome… to think 111 years since the first powered flight. what will another 111 years bring?

  • Dorothy says:

    What a great opportunity this is.

  • gina says:

    Thats just amazing. I am just fasinated with space moon and stars

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