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UrtheCast: Witness Earth Live from Space

by Kenny Hoeschen

UrtheCast is a company that is putting the world’s first high definition continuous video camera on the International Space Station. Video will be downlinked to Earth and broadcast on the Internet. Unlike Google Earth’s static images, you’ll be able to see the Earth’s surface scrolling by, with the ability to rewind the video and tag locations. UrtheCast’s two 4.5-foot-long cameras, designed to handle the radiation and extreme temperatures of orbit, will provide a 40 km wide, high resolution, color image down to as close as 1.1 metre and will record 90-second videos 150 times a day as the spacecraft circles the planet.

The cameras are scheduled to launch on October 16, 2013. Sign up now on the UrtheCast site to be part of the beta.

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