It seemed like ages ago that the Red Hot Chili Peppers crooned about how “space may be the final frontier, but it’s made in a Hollywood basement” on their 1999 hit single Californication. If we’d have to adapt this to more modern times, we could say that “space may be the final frontier, but you can see it on Google Maps”. Why so? Well, now the International Space Station can be visited on Google Maps via Street View.
This marvelous project has been made possible by a partnership that Google made with Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut with the European Space Agency. Pesquet captured 360-degree images on the International Space Station, showing the world how astronauts carry out their daily lives up there in space, as well as how they work on the International Space Station. This is as close as most of us are ever going to get to the ISS, so let’s rejoice in the outcome of this amazing project.
According to Pesquet, capturing the images wasn’t easy at all. His main rival was, well, the lack of gravity. Taking a good photo or video is hard even under normal conditions, so imagine how hard it can get when you’re up in space. Lucky for us, Pesquet is a fast learner, and the results were stunning. We all knew that Google Maps is an incredible way to explore all corners of our world, but we didn’t expect for it to travel 250 miles up in space. Still, we’re glad it happened.
Watch the video embedded below for a quick preview. And if you want to see the images for yourself, go to Maps and onto Street View and look for the option to visit the International Space Station. You can even select which area of it you want to see.