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We will soon be able to watch live footage of Earth from outer space thanks to HD webcams that are about to be permanently fitted to the International Space Station.
The cameras blasted off from Russia today and once installed, will beam live footage of our planet to Earth.
People will be able to access the live footage on a website and the webcams could be used to provide high resolution imagery of the planet for environmental monitoring and to help with humanitarian relief effort.
‘This will be the world’s first ever high definition, live-streaming video platform of planet Earth from the International Space Station.’
Phase 1 of the project will see two cameras facing the ground, with one having a fixed gaze and the other one featuring maneuverability to points of interest.
These should be installed on the station sometime in December 2013, and are expected to go live in 2014.
Premium accounts for enable users paying a fee to track an area without sharing it with others