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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NASA Camera Streaming Live From Space

Black Image  =   International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image   =   Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
No Audio      =   Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.

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 on this channel.

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.

Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here.



  1. why is it that we are not able to see any other planetary objects in the video?? If it is streamed live from the space some of the other objects also should be seen....

    1. Why they r showing us all of this..'experiment with equipment' is strange in some way to me...just like cameras invented yesterday and need special testing...This is more like: 'You see,everything out there is just fine,nice and peaceful" but NASA and ESA can't directly say it...whatever is,it's nothing about tests of the equipment...something different and even maybe bigger is all about this 'show'...I'm 100% sure

    2. Because of the camera exposure setting. If the aperture is opened any more, then the view of earth would be too over-exposed. Anyways if you want to see UFO's, then you need a sensitive UV camera, which NASA does have up there, but I'm pretty sure they will not live stream any UV cameras.