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Finally, Hi-Def Streaming Video of the ISS's View of Earth 97

Posted by timothy
from the extra-monitor-over-the-crib dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from ExtremeTech: "After being continuously inhabited for more than 13 years, it is finally possible to log into Ustream and watch the Earth spinning on its axis in glorious HD. This video feed [embedded at ExtremeTech] comes from from four high-definition cameras, delivered by last month's SpaceX CRS-3 resupply mission, that are attached to the outside of the International Space Station. You can open up the Ustream page at any time, and as long as it isn't night time aboard the ISS, you'll be treated to a beautiful view of the Earth from around 250 miles (400 km) up."
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Finally, Hi-Def Streaming Video of the ISS's View of Earth

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 04, 2014 @03:48PM (#46915021)

    I think I have checked about 20 times with one success. And the quality was not great the one time it was working.

    • by kenwd0elq (985465)

      I think it's just overwhelmed; I was able to get on the first time I tried, bu haven't been able to get the video since.

  • By HD (Score:5, Informative)

    by TFlan91 (2615727) on Sunday May 04, 2014 @03:48PM (#46915025)

    By HD they mean 480p, or atleast that's what the "ustream" maxes at

    • by Anonymous Coward

      At least the Cameras are actually 720p / 1080i, and connected via HD-SDI:

      https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/i/iss-opals-hdev

      http://www.jencam.de/FCB-EH4300
      http://www.toshibacameras.com/products/prod_detail_ikhr1s.jsp
      http://www.hitachi-keu.com/test/broadcast/hdtv_box_pov_cameras/hv_hd30_e.htm

    • by LMariachi (86077)

      I get much better resolution by simply looking down around my feet.

  • Useless (Score:4, Informative)

    by scarboni888 (1122993) on Sunday May 04, 2014 @03:51PM (#46915041)

    Just a grey square. So much for the hype.

    • I think UStream just got "slashdotted" as we call it here... too many users, not enough bandwidth.

    • Re:Useless (Score:4, Funny)

      by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Sunday May 04, 2014 @03:59PM (#46915079)
      A grey square? So it's not that much dissimilar from a pale blue pixel...if you stand from it at a sufficient distance, at night.
    • by Teun (17872)
      Sorry but it is over a 'restricted' area, wait till it's back over Disneyworld.
    • Just a grey square. So much for the hype.

      Youngsters. Back in my day, all we could get was a grey dot, and we were happy to get that.

    • Re:Useless (Score:4, Funny)

      by dohzer (867770) on Sunday May 04, 2014 @08:48PM (#46916083) Homepage
      Not just any grey square, but a high definition grey square!
    • by Ol Olsoc (1175323)

      Just a grey square. So much for the hype.

      They can't help that. It's "space fog".

    • well, I for one welcome our new 2d grey square overlords

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      TFA mentions that this simply means that it is turned off at the moment, but doesn't say when it will be turned on. That vital information seems to be missing.

      The only interesting info in TFA is that there are four cameras in a single enclosure, pointed in different directions. One made by Sony, one by Panasonic, one by Toshiba and one by Hitachi. They are off-the-shelf commercial grade cameras, much cheaper than dedicated space cameras. All Japanese, although TFA is at pains to point out that there was som

      • ... All Japanese, although TFA is at pains to point out that there was some seemingly minor American involvement too. Are there any major camera manufacturers left in the US?

        Well, it is the International Space Station, not the American Space Station (though that would have a much better initialism.)

        • by Luckyo (1726890)

          That would also be an "uninhabited" space station at the moment if that were true.

  • by fewnorms (630720) on Sunday May 04, 2014 @03:52PM (#46915043)
    instead of providing ExtremeTech many pageviews. You can find the uStream link right here [ustream.tv].
  • HD? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    By HD, they mean looking at nothing but grey?

  • ISS over China at the moment or perhaps crossing the UK.

  • After being continuously inhabited for more than 13 years, it is finally possible to log into Ustream and watch the Earth spinning on its axis in glorious HD.

    C'mon, that sentence is red meat for grammar Nazis.

    • Grammar Nazis should be fine with that sentence, as it is 100% correct - a few billion is definitely more than 13.

      • Reli Fundamentalists should also be fine with the sentence, provided that it is a matter of course that it should be interpreted as "more than 13, but less than or equal to 6,000 years"
    • It takes a certain kind of retard to confuse the ISS with the Earth.
      The sentence is also grammatically correct.

      • It takes a certain kind of retard to confuse the ISS with the Earth.
        The sentence is also grammatically correct.

        Of course, I know the context implies that it's the ISS that has been inhabited for 13 years, not the Earth. But that means the ISS should be in the sentence as a noun. It is not. Therefore, grammatical error. A doozie.

      • I thought we weren't allowed to use that word anymore out of the fear it would offend the retards?

      • by Goaway (82658)

        It is grammatically correct, yes, and says that the Earth has been inhabited for more than 13 years.

        • No, it says something inferred from the context of the paragraph has been inhabited for more than 13 years and the Earth can be observed spinning from it.

          Going by your grammar rules, the sentence you just typed says the Earth is grammatically correct.
          Or is the subject of the verb inferred?

          • by Goaway (82658)

            I did not write a sentence in the same form as the one referred to. Don't be ridiculous.

    • ...but the oh-so-fun to say - and best grammar-based double-entendre going - it's a dangling participle.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    NASA TV has had something similar for a long time. They have internal views with the IIS crew us on-duty and earth-views when the crew is off-duty.

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

  • by houghi (78078) on Sunday May 04, 2014 @04:19PM (#46915161)

    OMG we slashdotted the ISS.

  • I've said it before: Sebastian Anthony is submitting his own articles to Slashdot to get page views. Stop giving this guy ad-revenue money.
  • I laughed at myself when I realized how meh I was when the video was just grey. "I came here to see live video of Earth from space, can you guys get this working, gah! I'm here now, giving you my precious 10 seconds of attention."

    After thinking for a second, I give them some slack. I think we might be getting a little blazé at the technical wonders of today. This live feed "doesn't just happen".

  • 480p max. Seriously?
    • I don't know about UStream, but on most of the sites I use, "Best" is a step above the highest listed resolution - in this case, 480p. Presumably, this means the stream is 720p.
  • I could provide a content free stream at a lot higher resolution than this from my webcam.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Given the bandwidth the video must be coming down through TDRS via Ku band. It would be really nice if they just posted a count-down to the next Ku pass so people would know when that wonderfully not useful grey block was going to turn into a real live video feed.

  • It would be nice to have a truly high-res image, at a lower frame rate (say one frame every few minutes), and use it for a live desktop wallpaper...
  • Why has it taken this long to re-render it in HD? Blender could have done this years ago.
  • by SuperDre (982372)
    Why is it shut down during their 'nighttime'? Is it because noone is around to censor the video quickly when needed?
  • extremetech is the kind of website that requires you to allow such an enormous crapload of all-interconnected javascript, that re-iterates every time you 'temporarily allow all this page', that I can't watch it.

  • What's the point of HD if it needs flash.
  • Scientists, who own this project, will not let us see Earth in HD in real time. They are interested in publishing papers, getting Nobel and other prizes, i.e. keeping data to themselves.

    This stream video link does not work as expected. And will not work.
  • How can it be necessary to run scripts from so many sites? And if you allow the ones on extremetech to run, it runs even more third-party scripts. Short of serving up obvious malware, this is about as hostile and risky as a webpage gets.

  • NEE-01 PEGASO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... [wikipedia.org] live streamed 720p video early May 2013 through EarthCam http://www.earthcam.com/world/... [earthcam.com]

  • Is this the http://www.urthecast.com/ [urthecast.com] feed? Or a different camera altogether?

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