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See the International Space Station from the Comfort of Earth

See the International Space Station from the Comfort of Earth

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make your way through the International Space Station? Most people will never get the opportunity to do it, and the elite few astronauts who take the trip to space and spend time in the ISS every year spend years preparing for the experience. But now, thanks to Google, anyone with access to a computer can get a glimpse inside of the ISS and see exactly what it’s like for astronauts living aboard.

International Space StationGoogle just unveiled its new Street View ISS hub, and it’s really impressive. Using the same Street View functionality you may already be familiar with from Google Maps, you can check out everything located inside of the ISS, including all of the same tools, knobs and buttons that the astronauts use to go about their business during a normal day. Street View will provide you with a full 360-degree view of each section of the ISS, giving viewers unprecedented access and visibility of the international space laboratory and habitat. The detailed photos of the ISS are amazing and are the next best thing to being inside of the ISS itself.

In addition to providing a view of the inside of the ISS, Google also captured views from the windows, showing us on Earth how we look to astronauts in orbit. These 360-degree views of the inside of the station required delicate practice – they couldn’t drive a Street View car to space, after all. As Space.com reports, astronauts worked with specialized equipment and standard DSLR cameras on the station to help Google capture these images and give us on Earth a unique look at life in space.

While it’s fun to see what the inside of the ISS looks like on Street View, it’s also fun to spend time on Earth looking up at space and all that it has to offer. Observa Dome Laboratories helps make ground-based observations of the universe possible by providing observation domes to house telescopes large and small, allowing for observation in any weather and any climate. Read more about the observation domes we have to offer or call us at 601-982-3333 today and speak with a representative about how our scalable observation dome solutions.

Summer Heat: NASA’s Mission to ‘Touch’ the Sun

Summer Heat: NASA’s Mission to ‘Touch’ the Sun

Imagine flying into the outer layer of the sun. So far, the closest a spacecraft has come to the sun was in 1976 when NASA’s Helios 2 made it to within 27 million miles of the surface. Now NASA plans to improve on the observations made with Helios 2 and distant satellite observations by sending…

Telescopes of Tomorrow: Looking at Our Latest Looking Glasses

Telescopes of Tomorrow: Looking at Our Latest Looking Glasses

Scientists are currently preparing to see some things that they have never seen before. Over the course of the last month, there have been a few major developments announced in regards to new telescopes that are set to be put into use soon. James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope has been an…

Martian Roundup: What’s Happening on the Red Planet?

Martian Roundup: What’s Happening on the Red Planet?

The Red Planet has long fascinated people here on Earth, and it has featured prominently in countless stories and movies. Thanks to ongoing exploration and research, we now know more than ever about Mars. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the latest things happening with the Red Planet. Curiosity Rover…

That’s No Moon – Oh, Wait, Yes it Is!

Our fascination with the universe will always continue because there is so much still to discover. Just like our ancestors, we look up at the sky and wonder what is out there. As technology advances, scientists continue to learn more and more even just about our solar system and reveal new secrets and revelations that…

The Tale of the Tail of Halley’s Comet

The galaxy is an amazing place. There are so many stars, planets and satellites in the sky that you could spend a million lifetimes exploring the vastness of the Milky Way alone and still only witness a small fraction of its incredible vastness. Fortunately, one of the best shows in the universe – meteor showers…

Celebrate International Astronomy Day

Easter is in the past and Memorial Day is still more than a month away, but there’s one holiday space lovers can get ready to celebrate – International Astronomy Day, celebrated this year on May 14. Started in 1973, Astronomy Day promotes greater education and understanding of the universe among the general public. Astronomy clubs…

March is a Big Month in the Skies Above

There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying an evening gazing at the stars. If you are lucky enough to view the skies under an Observa Dome, you will be protected from the elements while getting to take in space’s biggest mysteries. Each month there are different astronomical events to look forward to, and March is…