You Can Now Explore the International Space Station With This Incredible Interactive Video Map

Monday, 31 August 2015 - 3:43PM
ESA
Monday, 31 August 2015 - 3:43PM
You Can Now Explore the International Space Station With This Incredible Interactive Video Map
With astronauts Mike Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko currently embarking on a year in space, you could be forgiven for thinking that life on the International Space Station is a bit of a breeze. But life without gravity is no easy ride, and when you factor in the incredibly tight confines of the space station itself, being an astronaut may have lost some of its glamor in some eyes. Now though, a new interactive video map of the ISS has been put together by the European Space Agency (ESA), and it gives us Earthbound folks our best ever look at what it's like to live on the orbital science base.



ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti recently returned from a lengthy stint on the ISS, but before she came back down to Earth she took a series of photos of each module the station has to offer. These images were then pieced together to create a kind of 'Google Street View' for the ISS.

Frolicking through the space station from the comfort of your own home is fun enough as it is, but factor in all of the information and video content the ESA has layered over the tour, and you've got yourself an engrossing experience that could keep you occupied for hours. There's information on everything from the space stations sleeping pods and toilet, to details on some of the astronauts that are currently up there. You'll even learn how the astronauts prepare food in zero gravity.



Such is the immersiveness of the experience, after spending an hour or so clicking through the tour, the ISS weirdly began to feel quite familiar, just as Samantha Cristoforetti begun to feel like the best space buddy you ever had. And if you enjoyed seeing Cristoforetti on screen, we've got good news for you, because the Italian astronaut and major Star Trek fan was just confirmed to be joining the cast of the upcoming fan movie, Star Trek: Axanar!
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