Watch Earth from orbit – LIVE stream

The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing.

Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel.

While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear.

Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.


Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/ To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/917.html

Livestream link:

Direct link here:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

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38 Responses to Watch Earth from orbit – LIVE stream

  1. kim says:

    La noche del Nino.
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  2. Gary Hladik says:

    Current position of the ISS can be seen here:

    http://iss.astroviewer.net/

  3. Pat says:

    Where are those red and yellow areas I see on every newscast? The ones showing the Earth boiling over.

  4. Old Data says:

    I’ve never liked fishing but always appreciate his simple method of baiting a hook. His name was Jack and as this tiniest of friends watched him orbit the moon.

    Please remind me of the reasons we print trillions to subsidize NASA, NIST and NCAR?

  5. Tim Walker says:

    Old Data says”
    May 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Please remind me of the reasons we print trillions to subsidize NASA, NIST and NCAR?

    First we are not spending trillions on those three.
    NASA for 2012 was 17,770 million, for 2013 was 17,712 for 2013.
    NCAR for 2012 was 98.6 million, for 2013 was 92.29 million.
    NIST for 2012 was 750.8 million, for 2013 was 755.4.

    This was far short of trillions. NASA’s part of the national budget for 2012 was 0.48%. For 2013 NASA’s part of the national budget was around 0.5% There are much fatter hogs at the trough of the national budget.

    The whole US federal budget for 2012 was 3.538 trillion, for 2013 was $3.45 trillion.

    These are the facts. I would rather we spent more money on exploration of our solar system. I don’t want my descendants to be stuck on Earth. if they are lucky enough to survive their stupidities and the stupidities of others, myself included I want them to not be stuck on Earth. Eventually Earth will get hit by a rock bigger than we can stop or some idiots will blow up a bunch of nuclear weapons or worse in a future hopefully far away from now. I want people to be busy exploring and living on planets far from this one when global disaster really does strike Earth.

  6. pat says:

    ABC Australia spruiks for 350.org:

    2 May: ABC: Pacific warriors plan Australia invasion to highlight effects of climate change
    Pacific Islanders from 16 countries and territories are planning a major sea voyage to Australia later this year as part of a campaign to highlight the effects of climate change.
    The Pacific Climate Warriors will set sail in September and are expected to arrive in Sydney Harbour in October.
    Their coordinator, Koreti Tiumalu, has told Pacific Beat the Warriors want to shame Australia’s fossil fuel industry…
    Ms Tiumalu says the group will be targeting the coal industry, sending what she calls a respectful but clear message that the Pacific needs the Australian fossil fuel industry to rethink its plans for expanding coal exports.
    She says when they arrive they will seek meetings with coal industry representatives and Australian politicians…
    Koreti Tiumalu says the group is hoping to make a “spectacular entrance”…
    ***The organisation behind the Pacific Climate Warriors’ trip, 350 Pacific, has put out a call for donations of seaworthy boats to transport the group, and their traditional canoes, across the Pacific.
    Ms Tiumalu says fundraising campaigns are underway but any donations would be welcome…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-02/an-pacific-warriors-redo/5425970

    not so fearsome – ***at least 20!

    350.org Pacific
    We have one month to find sailing boats!
    We have until May 31st to confirm sailing boats for a voyage that will take place between September and October this year. Can you help us?…
    We are looking to transport ***at least 20 people on sailing boats from islands in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia to Sydney…
    The situation is clear: it’s either the fossil fuel industry that has to back down, or the Pacific Islands. We’re calling up the warriors of the Pacific to show that the Pacific Islands will not back down. The fossil fuel industry must keep 80% of its proven reserves in the ground to stop the globe warming more than 2 degrees…
    http://world.350.org/pacific/

  7. Tim Walker says:

    Pat says:
    May 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    You are way off topic.

  8. Barclay E MacDonald says:

    Wow! Look at all the CO2:)

  9. u.k.(us) says:

    Tim Walker says:

    May 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    …”These are the facts. I would rather we spent more money on exploration of our solar system. I don’t want my descendants to be stuck on Earth. if they are lucky enough to survive their stupidities and the stupidities of others, myself included I want them to not be stuck on Earth. Eventually Earth will get hit by a rock bigger than we can stop or some idiots will blow up a bunch of nuclear weapons or worse in a future hopefully far away from now. I want people to be busy exploring and living on planets far from this one when global disaster really does strike Earth.”
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    To what end ?

  10. Tim Walker says:

    u.k.(us) says:
    May 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    To what end?

    Many answers to that. Are you not curious about what else there is around you? Are you content to sit and rot? History has shown that to not advance with technology means life is harder and filled with more pain. Throughout history life fights against life. Of all the animals we know, only man has learned to appreciate and try to protect life.

    Another answer is of those who believe in one of many Gods. Would you not try and see what has been created elsewhere or do you think we shouldn’t explore the fields, mountains, seas, or space? Even now through exploration of different places life and new things are found that by our studying of we learn how to heal those who are ill and many other wonderful things.

    Are you content to stay here on Earth until the greeners are eventually correct and our lives are limited by the resources of Earth? Maybe you should try and live with only the resources of your own plot of land if you own or rent some. Eventually All areas have needs that can be supplied by another place.

    I’m not the most intelligent, wise, or fluent with words, but I can see the hollowness of the question of, “To what end?” when it comes to progress and expanding where Earth’s life is.

    If everyone asked: to what end? And none could answer the question. And all sat on their buts not wanting to work with factories, electricity, or even fire. Where would we be? Maybe fire would’ve been enough for you or maybe as a baby you would’ve been satisfied with sucking your thumb. Why learn more? For me as long as time lasts, I will encourage others to keep moving forward.

  11. u.k.(us) says:
    May 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm
    “To what end?”

    Because it’s there.

  12. Doug UK says:

    @ Tim Walker

    Well made points Tim – I agree with all you have said.

    Well said that Man!!!

  13. urederra says:

    With all the things going on un Ukraine and the diplomatic war, I wonder how long is Putin going to allow the rest of the world to use the ISS.

    If I am not mistaken, the russians are to only ones who can send tripulation to the ISS.

  14. Amatør1 says:

    I have just read a fantastic 500 page book called “How Apollo flew to the Moon”. I would never have thought in 1972 that in 2014 the US would be without capability to transport humans even to low earth orbit, and after riding with the russians (a good thing btw.), the video pictures would show nothing but grey (I have watched almost a full orbit).

  15. luvthefacts says:

    Get that satellite to check out what’s happening in Hervey Bay Queensland Australia right now. Its around 8c and that’s as good as FREEZING! I just want my fair share of Global Warming or I will be putting a heater on! Thank you Greenies for nothing !

  16. Patrick says:

    “Tim Walker says:

    May 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t want my descendants to be stuck on Earth.”

    We should, rather, wake up to the fact that “we” are limited to this rock *because* we evolved to live on this rock. Unless we find an exact copy of this rock, with exact conditions, to live on within known tranport timespans, we are “stuck” here.

  17. Bloke down the pub says:

    I can see my house from here.

  18. cui bono says:

    Patrick says: “We should, rather, wake up to the fact that “we” are limited to this rock *because* we evolved to live on this rock.”

    You are missing the infinite adaptability of life, and particularly humans. We manage to live in the most inhospitable zones of this planet: the Arctic, the Sahara desert, Detroit. We will use our technology, ingenuity and skills to spread across the Solar System.

    Otherwise, what is this Civilisation for?

  19. lee says:

    cui bono says:
    May 3, 2014 at 3:11 am
    ‘You are missing the infinite adaptability of life, and particularly humans. We manage to live in the most inhospitable zones of this planet’

    And yet a piddling increase in CO2 spells our doom?

  20. Paul Coppin says:

    “I want people to be busy exploring and living on planets far from this one when global disaster really does strike Earth”

    BWAHAHAHHAHA!

  21. Twobob says:

    It saddens me when I hear or read comments,
    Of the ilk this is our lot our plot we are not going to other worlds.
    So it will take tenacity, skill, intelligence, lots of hard work.
    But the Spreading of humanity through out the Universe
    That is what we are here for.
    To live ,learn and survive.

  22. Paul Coppin says:

    cui bono says:
    May 3, 2014 at 3:11 am
    ‘You are missing the infinite adaptability of life, and particularly humans. We manage to live in the most inhospitable zones of this planet’

    The “infinite adaptability of life” has nothing to do with us. We manage to live in the most inhospitable zones of this planet, only because we are able to maintain a steady, large supply of inputs to those locations to assist our survival. Our species is a “time-limited offer”, whose future follows that of all of the high level evolutes that have gone before us. Primordials will find there way around the universe, perhaps (they already have, on our space vehicles), but not us. Life is not infinitely adaptable – resilient, yes, but not infintely adaptable. Enjoy your time on this rock – that’s all there is for us.

  23. richard says:

    did it see this on the border of Turkey by the Black Sea.

    http://iceagenow.info/2014/05/unexpected-snowfall-destroys-2000-hectares-crops-adjara/

  24. Twobob says:

    Did you see the Fibre optic cables off South America.
    In the Pacific Ocean.
    Then they did not find a downed plane?

  25. ren says:

    Current high levels of ionizing radiation in the lower stratosphere.
    http://oi60.tinypic.com/5ufktd.jpg

  26. DocWat says:

    Old Data, Tim Walker:

    Guys, just think how many votes that money could buy for the Democrats if these projects were defunded.

  27. James Strom says:

    Back in the late 1980’s there was a tug of war over whether to fund a new supercollider in the US or to build the “space station”. The space station won, but the CERN supercollider was built in Europe. Does that now look like the best choice?

  28. Alan Robertson says:

    I’ll wave to you all when it passes by.

  29. I’ve seen only a grey field. ;-(

  30. Alan Robertson says:

    Andres Valencia says:
    May 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’ve seen only a grey field. ;-(
    ____________________
    Same here. I think this might be the reason:
    ———————————–
    ren says:
    May 3, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Current high levels of ionizing radiation in the lower stratosphere.
    http://oi60.tinypic.com/5ufktd.jpg

  31. Garacka says:

    Maybe the ionizing radiation is man made and was put there to block our view of the lost Malaysian plane? Sorry, couldn’t help it.

  32. Garacka says:

    … or it could just be night time over the southern Indian ocean…

  33. Alan Robertson says:

    Garacka says:
    May 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

    … or it could just be night time over the southern Indian ocean…
    ______________________
    That’s a possibility, only true “right now”. Many have noticed that there has been no visible feed for quite some time, in daylight, or darkness.

  34. Ken says:

    Well, it’s over South Dakota right now. Still grey image.

  35. Ken says:

    Well, it seems the proper stream is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream – when loss of signal, it shows blue as it does this moment, although it was working a few minutes.
    The grey screen has something to with payload, according to its name.

  36. john says:

    Hopefully they will be able to get it up and running again. In the meantime, here is how to set up a monitor using color bars.

  37. Dan in California says:

    Tim Walker says: May 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm
    I want people to be busy exploring and living on planets far from this one when global disaster really does strike Earth.
    ————————————————————————–
    So do I, but colonizing is more likely to happen as a private effort than as a government program. Say what you will about NASA’s effectiveness, they don’t even have a mandate for colonization.

  38. policycritic says:

    Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions.

    Well, the video quality wasn’t that bad 45 years ago during the Apollo mission. Haven’t we made progress since then? The stream was able to get through the Van Allen radiation belt for broadcast on the networks 24/7. Why should a little ionizing radiation in the lower stratosphere make any difference?

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