UrtheCast will mount two cameras on the International Space Station for a high definition video stream of planet earth in real-time

UrtheCast wants to provide the world’s first high-definition streaming video service for viewing the planet from outer space by installing two cameras on the bottom of the International Space Station.

The concept is similar to Google Earth except that instead of a patchwork of still images, UrtheCast will be an ongoing Live feed of whatever is going on wherever on Earth the International Space Station happens to be floating above, viewable, at any hour of any day.

This ‘Global Show’ will be interactive, allowing viewers to rewind, pause, and tag specific frames or events captured by the cameras which, amazingly, will provide a color image 40 km wide with a maximum zoom resolution down to 1.1 meters. The pair of cameras are being constructed by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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