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NASA's 1st 8K Video from Space is Just Awesome

High-definition video has a new home: the International Space Station. A new video from NASA shows the astronauts working on…

High-definition video has a new home: the International Space Station. A new video from NASA shows the astronauts working on their experiments, recorded in 8K imagery so clear that it makes it feel like you’re floating right alongside them.

“Microgravity unlocks new worlds of discovery,” reads text in the video, which was a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). “The science being conducted aboard the International Space Station is answering questions that hold the keys to our future in space and on Earth.”

The rest of the video shows the Expedition 56 crew busy working on experiments aboard the orbiting complex. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA’s Serena Auñón-Chancellor and NASA’s Drew Feustel feature prominently in the video.

These astronauts look really busy, but they also look like they’re having a lot of fun. In de tussen hun werkopdrachten, die vaak worden gepland naar 5-minuten stappen, de astronauten flashen snel aan de camera voordat ze intensief opnieuw concentreren op de taak op hand.

En er is veel van NASA-onderzoek op offer in de video , in part because the agency advertises opportunities for research in the accompanying video text on YouTube. For example, Auñón-Chancellor tends to be the plants as part of the Plant Habitat-1 experiment, which “comprehensively compares differences in genetics, metabolism, photosynthesis and gravity sensing between plants grown in space and on Earth,” according to NASA. [19659002] Gerst is shown surrounded by floating objects as part of the SPHERES Tether Slosh experiment. NASA says this research “combines fluid-dynamics equipment with robotic capabilities on the space station to investigate automated strategies for steering passive cargo that contain [s] fluids.”

Feustel, in between commanding the increment, performs work on the ground or, because there is no up in space, next to Kibo (the Japanese Experiment Module airlock), a facility that can shoot small satellites into space or put experiments into the vacuum.

In between the astronaut activities, attentive viewers can also catch views of the Cupola – a wraparound window perfect for Earth observations – and the Canadarm2, which is routinely used to capture robotic spacecraft.

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