ISS Still Streaming HD, Still Gorgeous

The live stream from the International Space Station has become my new default "Stare into Space" activity. From the over 300,000 other people in the room with me right now, I'm not the only one fascinated!

Fair warning: the group chat can collect people who wouldn't know wonder if it poked them in the eye with a fork.

Streaming HD Video From The Space Station Is Now Available 24/7

NASA has launched a livestream from the International Space Station. Four HD cameras attached to the ISS are now providing an around-the-clock perspective of Earth, including audio conversations between the crew and Mission Control. You can watch it live right here.

The live video from the ISS includes internal views when the crew is on-duty, and Earth views at other times. The video is only available when the ISS is in contact with the ground; during "loss of signal" periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

Live streaming video by Ustream

Because the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, the cameras will capture a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera shots may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below.

Image: NASA.