Highest-Def: NASA Shares First Ever 8K Footage From Space (But Good Luck Seeing It)

Monday, 05 November 2018 - 1:09PM
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Monday, 05 November 2018 - 1:09PM
Highest-Def: NASA Shares First Ever 8K Footage From Space (But Good Luck Seeing It)
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If you've ever stood in front of a 4K television at your local electronics store, or if you're lucky enough to own one, then you know just how insane everything looks at that resolution. NASA recently shared a video shot in space aboard the International Space Station that is twice the resolution of those jaw-dropping screens, but it will be a few years before anyone has the hardware necessary to appreciate it.

"Science gets scaled up with the first 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video from the International Space Station," NASA wrote in the video description on YouTube. "Get closer to the in-space experience and see how the international partnership-powered human spaceflight is improving lives on Earth, while enabling humanity to explore the universe." The three-minute video (below) includes footage of the MELFI unit aboard the space station (Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS) which is used to store experiment samples, the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) growth chamber, the Light Microscopy Module (LMM), and various other areas, instruments, and the astronauts who use them in glorious 4320p.



If you're watching on your computer you have the ability to change the resolution via the cog in the lower right hand corner of the video frame, but pushing it to the max will only cause the tab to load very slowly and the resulting video still won't be at the intended resolution.

8K Ultra HD monitors and televisions do exist, but unless you're an early adopter with a few thousand dollars to spend, you're probably stuck watching the footage in 1080p like the rest of us. It's frankly not as exciting knowing that what you're seeing is only a fraction of what is actually there, but we will never turn down a chance to see more of ISS and its many marvels.
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