International Space Station Now Open For The World To See

The European Space Agency has recently uploaded on its YouTube channel, a video of the International Space Station (ISS). The best part about the video? It is also avilable in 3D. A narrative about the modules of ISS, the video is available in English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and French languages.

For all you space fans dreaming about orbiting the earth in a floating artificial satellite, this is a chance to take a look at the ISS, which was launched into orbit in 1998. The 3D tour starts from the outside of the Station, and moves on to show its various research labs, workstations and other platforms.

The video elightens the viewers about the adverse effects of micro-gravity, astronauts’ training schedules, space walks and shows how the Earth is seen from inside the labs. It also gives a walkthrough through the ISS’ storage places, canteen and restrooms. We can also see how and when the crew go about their routine, like workouts, dining schedule and so on. The modules are all connected with nodes as the video takes us through a few of them to give a clear overview of what the Station has.

If you do not own 3D glasses, here is a 2D version of the video as well.

Europe’s Columbus laboratory, Harmony – a connecting module where a visiting spacecraft can dock, Kibo – Japan’s laboratory, the Canadian Robotic Arm are shown from outside.

Research lab Destiny – the primary operating facility for U.S. research payloads, is shown with Leonardo – a multi purpose module and Cupola – a dome from which astronauts guide operations outside the station and take pictures of Earth. The video explains how weightlessness affects orientation. If you’re either an aspiring astronaut or a casual observer, this video serves to shed some light on the International Space Station and its habitat.

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