NASA Will Live Stream First 4K Video From Space

Posted: Apr 12 2017, 3:12pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 12 2017, 3:16pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
NASA will Live Stream First 4K Video from Space
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The event will feature veteran astronaut Peggy Whitson who will speak to viewers in the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space

NASA has taken a major step forward with the announcement of 4K live steaming from space. The highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space will take place at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 26 and will feature NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson.

The live feed from 250 miles above Earth will be transmitted via Amazon Web Services’ software placed in International Space Station and will be received on the ground by NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The device was delivered to the International Space Station just last December aboard a Japanese Cargo ship.

During the event, Peggy Whitson - on board the ISS – will represent the panel called “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” and converse with AWS Elementa’s co-founder and chief executive Sam Blackman, who will be sitting at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The panel will be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, technology editor for the Hollywood Reporter and will discuss how advanced imaging technology is taking scientific research and filmmaking to another level. Other panelists will include NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, NASA Imagery Experts program manager, Rodney Grubbs and head of development, virtual reality and augmented reality at Bau Entertainment, Bernadette McDaid.

While ISS has beamed back many 4k videos from space, this will be the first live one. Watching transmission live from space will be exciting experience for viewers here on Earth but they will require devices capable of viewing 4K UHD content to experience the full effect online. Lower resolution streams of live broadcast will be available on NASA Television, agency’s Facbook page and website.

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