Live views of Earth as seen by the International Space Station (ISS) cameras

ISS Live Cameras 1

♦ Black Image = International Space Station is on the night side of the Earth.
♦ Includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at Earth.
♦ Between camera switches, a gray and then black color will briefly appear.
♦ The cameras are mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module.
♦ During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.

ISS Live Cameras 2

♦ During “loss of signal” periods, you will see a blue screen.
♦ Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times.
♦ When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.
♦ The Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes.

Where is the International Space Station?

The map below tracks in real-time the current position of the International Space Station and its path 90 minutes ago and 90 minutes ahead. The ISS is the third brightest object in the sky, because it reflects a large amount of sunlight, and can be spotted with the naked eye fairly easy. There are thousands of worldwide locations from where to observe the International Space Station pass overhead in the night sky.

Courtesy of ESA (European Space Agency)

Facts about the International Space Station

What is the International Space Station (ISS) ?
As the name implies it, the International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, situated in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This orbital space station or spacecraft is an artificial habitable environment capable of supporting crew members on board for an extended period of time. It servers as a research platform for astronauts, in other words it’s a space laboratory where crew members can conduct experiments in several fields as physics, biology, human biology, meteorology, astronomy, and many more. It can be used also for testing of equipment and spacecraft systems needed for Moon and Mars missions.
What components make up the International Space Station ?
The ISS is made up of 15 pressurized modules: five Russian modules (Zarya, Pirs, Zvezda, Poisk and Rassvet), seven US modules (Leonardo, Harmony, Quest, Tranquility, Unity, Cupola, and Destiny), two Japanese modules (the JEM-ELM-PS and JEM-PM) and one European module (Columbus).



Who owns the international space station?
The International Space Station (ISS) program is an international joint project and partnership between five space agencies : NASA (The United States), Roscosmos (Russia), ESA (European countries), JAXA (Japan) and CSA (Canada). The elements/modules that make up the International Space Station are provided, managed and owned by the partner agencies and countries involved in the program (In short, each nation owns the modules it provided). Treaties and agreements (legal, political and financial) tie together the participating space agencies in order to insure the well-functioning of the space station.

Time lapse video of our beautiful planet Earth as seen from the International Space Station