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A clearer view from the ISS

Jenny Winder, News Writer
Jun 16, 2015, 18:47 UTC

Sen—The view from space​ just got better. Those of us that remain Earthbound can now enjoy superb views of life on board the International Space Station (ISS) and of our home planet thanks to the introduction of 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video.

This new capability will provide high resolution, high frame rate video of the various experiments that are undertaken on the ISS as well as unprecedented images of the Earth.

The first UHD video has just been released showing Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts and astronauts Scott Kelly and Samantha Cristoforetti living and working aboard the orbiting laboratory.

There are a variety of multidisciplinary laboratory facilities and equipment, and many different experiments within a wide range of disciplines are undertaken in the Destiny, Kibo and Columbus research modules.

The space station usually has six astronauts aboard, but this is reduced to three around times when the crew changes. Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov departed the ISS last week after 199 days in space.

Currently on board are Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the new Expedition 44 commander, and the One Year crew members Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. They will be joined by Soyuz TMA-17M Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who are scheduled to launch to the ISS on July 22.

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The first 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA