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Watch Live Video of Earth From the International Space Station

The ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment continually streams live video footage from orbit, capturing stunning views of our planet from 250 miles above our heads.

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Seeing the Earth from orbit is a privilege that only a small handful of humans have physically experienced, but the ISS HD Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment can at least help armchair astronauts watch our beautiful planet roll past below in stunning high-definition.

Installed to the space station's exterior in 2014, the commercial high-definition cameras capture several angles during the outpost's orbit. Every 90 minutes you can watch the sun rise and you may even be lucky enough to see a spacecraft - be it a Russian Soyuz, a SpaceX Dragon or another vehicle from the space station fleet - dock and undock. Occasionally, you might even see a light or some kind of object that you may not be able to identify, but it probably won't be aliens, it will likely be Venus or even a piece of fluff.

Sometimes you may notice the screen is blank, but don't despair, the station has just lost signal from one of its relay satellites. Or it's nighttime. But while you wait for the transmission to resume, you can check out the HDEV archive from the previous days' orbital footage.

The one thing you will see every day is our beautiful planet as the oceans, forests, deserts and cities slip past over 200 miles below, letting you view a little of what an astronaut or cosmonaut experiences while they crew humanity's only outpost in space.

Enjoy.

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