Always dreamed of going to space but never became an astronaut? Don’t worry: Google Earth has you covered.
Google has updated its earth exploration web client, and it now offers tours around the International Space Station (ISS). The station, which is located 250 miles (or around 402 kilometers) above the Earth, is important to science since it acts as an all-in-one center. It functions as a base for future space explorations to the moon as well as other planets of the solar system. It also allows scientists to do a wide range of things, such as studying how the human body functions in microgravity, monitoring cyclones to alert the government about potential disasters, and tracking the amount of waste in the world’s oceans.
With all the interesting things going on in the International Space Station, you’re probably eager to view how it looks from the inside and know what astronauts see when they look at the earth from outer space. Well, now you can do so by taking these steps:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Type earth.google.com/web on the address bar and hit Enter.
- Under the “Editor’s Picks” tab, scroll down until you find the option to “Visit the International Space Station”. Click on this link.
- The page for “Visit the International Space Station” will appear. Click on the “Explore” button.
- Click on the right arrow to begin the tour. You can also click on the “Learn More” button on each page to get more information about the ISS.
The virtual tour will take you to 17 areas of the International Space Station. These include the Columbus Research Laboratory (a multifunctional laboratory where different experiments take place), the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (where astronauts live and work), and the Cupola Observational Module (an observation deck where astronauts monitor operations outside the station and enjoy breathtaking views of Earth).
The photos featured in the International Space Station virtual tour were taken by Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut who works at the European Space Agency and has spent six months on the ISS.
The photos can also be viewed on Google Maps.
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