NASA astronauts begin live video streaming from International Space Station

February 2, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have started beaming live videos, enabling viewers to see crew members performing maintenance procedures on its life-support systems and using exercise equipment to perform physical-fitness activities.

The video and audio are now available on the Web from where you can access them. The video and audio access will be possible when the International Space Station is in contact with the ground and also during regular crew working hours.

The video is also available online on NASA’s Web site, and elaborates on the type of jobs the astronauts do, in two modules, Destiny and Harmony. While Destiny is the first US lab module, Harmony is a connection module that connects Destiny to two other labs, one run by European Space Agency Columbus, and the other by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Kibo. The streaming comes close on the heels of NASA allowing its astronauts on the International Space Station the capability to browse the Net.

Powered by a high-speed communications antenna and NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, the audio/video streaming also comprises audio of communications between Mission Control and astronauts. As many as five astronauts are currently at the space station, which is a collaborative venture between the US, Europe, Japan, Canada and Russia. It is expected to complete construction this year itself.

(Via InformationWeek, Image: NASA)

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