Live From Space: Streaming Webcam Now Available

by Nancy Atkinson on March 10, 2009

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Earth as seen from the ISS. Credit: NASA

Earth as seen from the ISS. Credit: NASA


It’s not exactly what Al Gore had in mind, but its close. Live streaming video is now available every day of the week from the International Space Station. The video will show views of Earth and the exterior structure of the station, as seen from cameras mounted outside the ISS, and other times, activities going on inside the station. If you regularly watch NASA TV online, just go to the same website, and now there’s another choice of channels. Just click on the “Live Space Station Video” tab to enjoy. The Earth views will usually be seen during what is the crew off-duty or sleep periods, usually from about 6 pm to 6 am GMT (1 p.m. to 1 a.m. CST.) During times when the crew is awake and working, selected video will be available, accompanied by audio of communications between Mission Control and the astronauts. Be advised that during working hours when there are special events going on — for example, today as I’m writing this there is a spacewalk taking place — the public channel offers better views and commentary.

During times when the shuttle is docked to the station, the stream will include video and audio of those activities. Whenever video isn’t available, a graphical world map will be shown that depicts the station’s location in orbit above the Earth using real-time telemetry sent to Mission Control from the station.
Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it sees a sunrise or a sunset every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but also may provide great views of city lights below.

The streaming video is being webcast as part of NASA’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of the space station in orbit.

To find out when you can go outside and look back at the station overhead, check out NASA’s page for sighting opportunities.

Source: NASA

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

CBruce March 10, 2009 at 9:56 AM

It took me awhile to find this. Right hand side, Click on “Channels”, then select “Live Space Station Video”

Astrofiend March 10, 2009 at 9:43 PM

I want it in HD!

Steve R March 11, 2009 at 4:02 AM

The only channels i see are;

public
media
education
mission audio

(am in the uk)

Any thoughts?

Bate_Svetlio March 11, 2009 at 6:04 AM

This new channel is very interesting. Congratulations! I’m watching it for a hour and looks like its only purpose is to show the position of the ISS. I didn’t see a single snapshot of the Earth from space…

Virtualblog March 12, 2009 at 3:23 AM

Confirm, I didn’t see a single snapshot of the Earth from space…webcam no work

H4wk March 12, 2009 at 5:12 AM

Me too.Been watching and didnt see a single image of Earth.Only a map of real time ISS position and astronauts working on ISS.

Virtualblog March 13, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Hi, very happy, streaming webcam work, beautiful images.

Adrien Ufferte May 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM

it’sblack now…nothing on screen

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