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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ISS Live HD-TV Earth Viewing Experiment

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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...

"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."

Video interruptions rarely last longer than about 30 minutes; if it's not available now, check back in half an hour.

Live stream plus map showing where the ISS currently is:
http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

Geneal info, live stream, no map:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

Separate "Where is the International Space Station?" live map:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/International_Space_Station/Where_is_the_International_Space_Station