Explore The International Space Station With Google Street View

Space Station over Mackay on Wednesday night

Space Station over Mackay on Wednesday night

The International Space Station's (ISS) microgravity environment could provide a means of improving the understanding of toxic nerve agents, such as sarin and VX, and how to combat them, according to a researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) project.

"Because of the particular constraints of living and working in space, it wasn't possible to collect Street View using Google's usual methods", Pesquet told The Mirror. You can see some of Street View's new images from the ISS below.

In a Google blog post, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet said the annotations highlight everything from where astronauts work to stay physically fit, what kinds of food they eat, and where scientific experiments take place.

Google Street View on the ISS has annotations to explore.

You'll be able to take a 360-degree virtual tour of the entire station which is now orbiting some 400km above the planet's surface. To do so, Nasa and Google had to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment already on the ISS.

Google Street View has been around for a decade as the search giant continues its mission of organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.

Since November 2000, the ISS has been home to astronauts, studying what happens to people when they live and work in space.

The report further mentions that this is not the first time 360-degree imagery has been captured beyond Earth. "Oh, and there's that whole zero gravity thing".

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