Cameras on board the International Space Station’s (ISS) observational dome allow a 360 degree view of earth.
In a new ground-breaking 360° video documentary from RT, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko shows the first-ever panoramic view of earth from the Cupola module that is mounted on the earth-facing side of ISS from where the crew observe the planet.
The Cupola module was completed in 2010. From here the crew can best operate the robotic arm that is visible directly from it, together with the Russian segment of the station [often with a Soyuz craft attached] and the US and Japanese labs.
The view from the Cupola leaves the astronauts totally spellbound, as Borisenko said that once he is in the Cupola, he keeps staring back at Earth, marveling at the view.
“This is the place where any astronaut or cosmonaut that visits the ISS wants to spend all their free time,” Borisenko said.
He recently arrived at the station for his second six-month shift. “Though actually, there isn’t really that much free time here,” the astronaut added.
In the video, the astronaut shows the audience the inside of Cupola and the windows which show the magnificent view of Earth to the astronauts.
“No matter how many more new planets we will discover, the Earth will always be our home because it is the most beautiful,” Borisenko said.
The Space 360 project is a joint initiative of RT, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, and Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, the manufacturer of Soyuz.
RT will be regularly uploading videos from the show with Andrey Borisenko as host and tour guide.
The special project Space 360 is available in six languages [Russian, English, Spanish, French, German and Arabic] as well as on a special RT360 mobile app.
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