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Watch Stunning Live NASA Feed of Earth From Space

High Definitino views of Earth like this are now only a click away thanks to new video cameras streaming live views from the International Space Station 24 hours a day.  Credit: NASA
High-definition views of Earth like this are now only a click away, thanks to new video cameras streaming live views from the International Space Station 24 hours a day. Credit: NASA

Cloud watching, that most ancient pastime, enters the modern age, thanks to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Ever wish you could just sit back in space and gaze as the Earth lazily rolled by beneath you, just like the astronauts? Well, NASA is offering the next best thing to being there in person, courtesy of a suite of high-definition video cameras installed on the exterior of the International Space Station last month.

Now we can all enjoy the mesmerizing online footage of clouds, oceans, and continents floating by on our screens anytime. 

The four always-on HD cameras, housed in temperature-controlled and pressurized housings, were turned on April 30. They are part of an experiment to determine whether current camera technology can survive long-term exposure to the extreme radiation of space. Best of all, you can see the results:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Engineers hope that this trial run will help determine how future cameras can remain reliable workhorses during extended missions, whether in low Earth orbit or on a multiyear mission to Mars.

If you view the feed on this NASA Johnson Space Center webpage, you can also see a world map showing wherever the ISS is currently flying.

Watch long enough and you will see cameras switching between various views, including sunrises and sunsets every 45 minutes.

That’s because the orbiting lab takes only 90 minutes to circle the Earth while traveling at some 17,000 miles (27,359 kilometers) per hour. So don’t be surprised when your screen goes dark for extended periods as the station rounds the night side of the planet.

Joining NASA’s cosmic video show soon will be two more commercial HD cameras, made by Canadian company UrtheCast (pronounced “Earthcast”). Installed on the outside of the space station back in January, they aim to stream near real-time imagery of Earth as well.

So, while we might only dream of becoming an astronaut, we can at least enjoy jaw-dropping views from space anytime.

Of course, this might make for a great excuse to get that 90-inch jumbo TV you may have been dreaming about too!

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Comments

  1. james
    augusta,ga
    August 4, 5:44 pm

    Thank you. me and my 7year old son watch it all the time love to put it up on the big screen and watch it while we are playing board games

  2. Suraj Mainali
    Kathmandu Nepal
    July 18, 9:20 am

    Can anyone suggest what time exactly to watch.???

  3. yoyo
    newyork
    July 17, 8:54 pm

    I didn’t see anything

  4. Sunil
    India
    July 13, 11:35 am

    It’s wonderful…….

  5. theresa
    Inwood, NY
    June 15, 2:57 pm

    love the view from ISS….just one ?……is it possible for them to show at the bottom of the screen exactly what they are flying over????….it would be a great help….also, love the transistion from day to night!!!!…..imagine sitting in your hone & flying w/ISS all over the earth

  6. sach in
    india
    June 7, 3:37 pm

    My great earth

  7. afif mul
    Gresik, Indonesia
    May 15, 8:05 am

    so beautiful but its looks great with listen this song http://youtu.be/r6qi393Z7L8

  8. Luigi batas
    Tagum City , Philippines
    May 15, 2:20 am

    how to watch didn’t working ?

  9. Nelly
    Bulgaria
    May 15, 12:37 am

    Thank you, Neil! :)

  10. Neil
    Brisbane
    May 14, 3:25 am

    You get the best results by watching this site in combination with http://www.isstracker.com

  11. Dery
    Frace
    May 13, 7:16 pm

    I spent a lot of time watching this video and I wanted to locate the place over which the ISS are… but still only cloudiness and ocean… Where are the continets?

  12. Dina Rose
    Bacolod City, Philippines
    May 13, 9:05 am

    I was so excited to see the live streaming but sad to say it didn’t work as expected..please let me see… thank you.. More power..

  13. Neil
    Brisbane Au
    May 13, 3:23 am

    I am watching on 15 May and the web address has date 9 May. Does that imply the views are of archives?

  14. Faizan
    Khi, Pakistan
    May 12, 11:49 pm

    Amazing feeds!!

  15. Alain
    Québec, Canada
    May 12, 10:52 pm

    aussi magique que magnifique !

  16. snak
    May 12, 8:34 pm

    They always seem to have it pointed at a black hole when I try to see anything. Either that or gray… it’s down a lot.

  17. Amir
    Kuala Lumpur
    May 12, 6:19 pm

    enjoying the view while listening to this song

  18. João
    Brasil
    May 12, 6:11 pm

    Espetacular!

  19. Emily M
    New York City
    May 12, 4:54 pm

    This is absolutely amazing. Yesterday I got to see the “sunset” and now I’m seeing the moon at the left top corner. Thank you for streaming these shots! Truly an awesome experience. Especially to see how giant the world is and how tiny we are compared.

  20. dancho
    haskovo bulgaria
    May 12, 1:51 pm

    great

  21. Rui Pereira
    Portugal
    May 12, 1:29 pm

    Maravilhoso, estamos mais perto do cosmos!

  22. srikanth
    Hyderabad
    May 12, 11:02 am

    Really Amzing ..Love it.

  23. Lida del Monte
    The Netherlands
    May 12, 10:52 am

    I’ve waiting for nothing it says will be back soon, ha ha I’ve had watched a while, spinning and spinning, then slowly moving, I’ve seen blue with white clouds and lighter orange or reddish sky..and that was it…

  24. Lida del Monte
    The Netherlands
    May 12, 10:18 am

    Still waiting, I’ll be patient… I’m sure it’s worthy to have a look.

  25. Silvia
    Virginia
    May 12, 9:42 am

    I have checked this site repeatedly over the last few weeks, and have yet to see anything but a dark screen.

  26. Ven. Kalawane Mahanama Thero
    Chennai, India
    May 12, 9:24 am

    Really great work

  27. Agustin Martinez
    Toronto - Canada
    May 12, 9:12 am

    It doesn’t work here either…

  28. Andrew Fazekas
    May 12, 9:12 am

    Be patient – when the screen is black the ISS is on the night side of Earth. When the screen is grey they are working to switch between cameras. Also there are moments when the transmission link is down for a few minutes. So it is worth checking back often – the views are spectacular.

  29. gezim
    Albania
    May 12, 8:10 am

    I see nothing here..

  30. nqaba
    Swaziland
    May 12, 7:27 am

    Is one able to zoom in and out?

  31. Antolin Muñoz
    spain
    May 12, 7:08 am

    Precioso!!!! Espectacular!!!! Gracias por compartirlo con todos.

  32. Praveen
    May 12, 5:22 am

    We should have been able to see the night lights too!!

  33. rasoolk48@hotmail.com
    May 12, 3:21 am

    I see nothing

  34. Bhusha
    May 12, 2:44 am

    All I see is grey.
    is the camera even on?

  35. robert easterbrook
    Australia
    May 12, 1:42 am

    I’m wondering why no night lights are seen in the dark video footage??

  36. janmajaya mohanty
    bangalore
    May 12, 1:31 am

    Wonderful !

  37. Asif Ahmed
    India
    May 12, 1:18 am

    Wonderful feeling to see astronaut’s view of our planet sitting in our home..

  38. Dene
    The Pilbara - Western Australia
    May 12, 12:30 am

    Well I’ve been sitting here for over 5 mins and the screen is still grey…….tried lowering it to 240p but still nothing.

  39. Nelly
    Bulgaria
    May 12, 12:12 am

    I lost view, everything went black!!! The first 15 minutes everything was OK, and then…

  40. jimobo
    Singapore
    May 12, 12:05 am

    i’m watching out for any UFO…brilliant.

  41. Márcio Gurgel
    Brazil
    May 12, 12:05 am

    Thank you very much!

  42. Cara L.
    philippines
    May 11, 11:40 pm

    Wow! that is exciting news.
    I agree with Dwayne.” The more he public can experience anything directly connected to space the more they will be willing to support spending on space technologies.” also, the more people would understand and appreciate the cosmos..
    Great job!

  43. Azik
    Bishkek KG
    May 11, 11:39 pm

    Would be better if somehow the autor would point the countrys like on GPS

  44. Ricky Dewet
    May 11, 11:29 pm

    Beautiful how GODMADE, but got just a glimpse!

  45. ivania castillo
    Woodbridge
    May 11, 10:53 pm

    I have a lot of Spanish people that would be very interesting to watch nothing like I think that would be very importantI think this would be this building would be very important for the Spanish community I think they will learn a lot thank you very much and I love Nesa in for me would be engaging I would indicate myself it would be very important for the Spanish community because they will learn a lot about the program in about NASA thank you very much

  46. Beto Silva
    Ciudad de México, México
    May 11, 10:33 pm

    Me ha gustado mucho, lástima de no poder verlo siempre. Gracias por proporcionar este medio para admirar lo poco o mucho que se puede ver de nuestro planeta.

  47. Chad
    Missouri USA
    May 11, 9:36 pm

    Someone needs to make a screensaver out of this, both for PC and phones. Ok… better not forget Apple.

  48. Vishal Sanhotra
    Montreal
    May 11, 9:26 pm

    Wow,,,,, I saw the satellite going into the dark zone,,, the transition was breathtaking (y)

  49. Manamana
    Australia
    May 11, 8:09 pm

    nothing but grey? amazing.

  50. pablo
    washington state usa
    May 11, 7:41 pm

    wow is grate to be able to see our planet this way, I watch 7 minutes day time and then dark, but I’m waiting the sunrise

  51. John Collins
    United States, LA
    May 11, 7:29 pm

    just watched the sun set from space! win ;)

  52. Vinura
    United Kingdom
    May 11, 7:18 pm

    I can see my home frm up there :D

  53. Catarina
    Lisboa, Portugal
    May 11, 6:46 pm

    Just Amazing! So Beautiful.

  54. Moses Daniels
    Long Plain First Nation, Manitoba, Canada
    May 11, 6:45 pm

    I was just wondering what latitude we are looking at in this feed?

  55. Gustavo Parra
    Pereira, Colombia
    May 11, 6:33 pm

    Spectacular our Earth.

  56. Brandon Arkell
    Seattle
    May 11, 6:27 pm

    It doesn’t work. I just see grey.

  57. gggg
    podgorica
    May 11, 6:25 pm

    everything blank..

  58. Sion Hewitt
    London
    May 11, 6:20 pm

    Watching a grey screen … :(

  59. Jillian
    Chicago
    May 11, 6:08 pm

    I don’t see anything…just a grey screen.

  60. jd bond
    United States
    May 11, 5:50 pm

    dose not work for me in brownwood texas

  61. shanthi
    May 11, 5:35 pm

    Absolutely breath taking. can’t imagine you are seeing the earth from your own study!!!

  62. Gerald Smith
    United States
    May 11, 5:34 pm

    They need a tech to add tags. They would get a lot more people looking, if they knew what they were seeing

  63. Geri Poucher
    Farmington, Mo
    May 11, 5:31 pm

    Stunning, how I wish I could be up there too, a dream job of a lifetime

  64. Chuck McCallister
    May 11, 5:01 pm

    I just saw my house!

  65. Allen
    May 11, 4:59 pm

    Where’s the aliens?

  66. Darrell Debaun
    pontiac,michigan
    May 11, 9:30 am

    Works on tab 3

  67. Hammad Ahmed
    Lahore,Pakistan
    May 11, 7:13 am

    Amazing

  68. Nasir
    Pakistan
    May 10, 5:19 pm

    just grey screen

  69. Fran
    Canada
    May 10, 11:25 am

    I see nothing at all except total blackness????

  70. Neil Farbstein
    earth
    May 10, 9:59 am

    whats that huge circular cloud formation that looks like a mushroom?

  71. claudio
    Montreal, Canada
    May 10, 9:00 am

    Wow really beautiful, exciting time to be alive…and high ;)

  72. Parastoo
    May 10, 12:11 am

    Well,I see nothing: :\

  73. Dwayne LaGrou
    Lapeer, Michigan
    May 9, 11:16 pm

    AWESOME!!! I still remember the Apollo launches as a kid and wanting to become an Astronaut. Who knows, Maybe we’ll all be able to buy a ticket for something much less than 20 Million Dollars!
    It is just SO COOL. Keep up the great work guys and gals. You know the more the public can experience anything directly connected to space the more they will be willing to support spending on space technologies.

  74. Stephen
    North Dakota
    May 9, 8:38 pm

    WONDERFUL! BEAUTIFUL! But that last sentence was uncalled for. 50″ maybe.

  75. mike t
    quebec,qc
    May 9, 4:23 pm

    it dosent work here

  76. ashley
    arlington
    May 9, 3:30 pm

    what dose it look from here