Google Street View Can Now Be Used to Explore the International Space Station

Google Street View Can Now Be Used to Explore the International Space Station


  • The imagery already available in Google Street View
  • The astronaut captured imagery over six months
  • Space constraints posed difficulties in capturing imagery

Google Street View in search giant’s Maps service is one of those features that has given users a much better idea of various locations around the world than satellite imagery ever could. Moving forward leaps and bounds, Google Street View now allows users to see the International Space Station (ISS) as close as they can see the streets of London from their homes.

The search giant has launched a new option for Google Street View that allows users to see the 15 connected modules of the ISS. Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months on the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer to capture the Street View imagery, Google said in its blog post.

“The mission was the first time Street View imagery was captured beyond planet Earth, and the first time annotations – helpful little notes that pop up as you explore the ISS – have been added to the imagery,” Google said. While this is certainly an interesting option for users, Pesquet explained that due to the constraints of living and working in space, Google’s usual methods of capturing Street View couldn’t be used.

“Instead, the Street View team worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment already on the ISS,” he said.

Post this, Pesquet sent the still photos captured by him to the Earth where they were stitched together to create panaromic 360-degree imagery of the ISS.

As pointed out in a report by TechCrunch, when the imagery was being captured, one of Space X’s Dragon vehicles was parked at the ISS. This means that users can also see how the cargo is supplied to the ISS. You can check out the new imagery from space already from Street View section on the company’s website.


Top 7 space saving gadgets

Top 7 space saving gadgets

One of the common issues faced by users is lack of space to place all their gadgets. Thankfully brands have taken notice and launched compact devices across categories. Karan Bajaj gives you a list of devices to consider if you are short on space.

HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3700 Rs 5,999

This is the world’s smallest inkjet all-in-one printer. Weighing just 2.3kg, it is almost half the size in comparison with other available all-in-one printers. Even though it is compact in size, the Ink Advantage 3700 can print up to 15 A4 size colour pages per minute and scan at up to 1200dpi resolution. It also has built-in WiFi to print wirelessly from smartphonetablet.

Asus ZenScreen Rs 37,000

ZenScreen is a sleek and portable 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) monitor from Asus. It is 8mm slim, weighs 780 grams and comes with a foldable smart case that converts into a stand for it. For connectivity, it only has a single USB Type-c port and can be connected with any device with a type-c port -there is even support for connection via a USB type-A port via additional drivers.You can place it vertically or horizontally depending on requirements (it has auto-screen rotation).

Stick PC Rs 7,299 onwards

Stick PC are available from iBall, Lenovo and even directly from Intel in India. They are direct HDMI dongles with basic hardware (Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage) and preloaded Windows OS -ideal for users who want an occasional basic PC but do not want to invest in a large CPU monitor. The stick PC can be connected to any TVmonitor via HDMI and it has built-in WiFi to connect to the Internet.There is also a full-size USB port to connect dongle for wireless mouse and keyboard as well as microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Rs 3,999 onwards

The Fire Stick is an HDMI dongle style media streaming stick. It can be plugged to any screen (TVmonitor) with HDMI port ­ you just need to connect it to WiFi and it offers the user access to various streaming services including Amazon prime, HotStar, Netflix etc. There is a remote control included with voice control for ease of usage. This one device offers access to thousands of movies, TV series and other online content (some service require a paid subscription).

Mi Router 3c Rs 1,199

The recently launched WiFi router from Xiaomi has a tapered design which makes it sleek compared to routers we have seen from other brands up till now. The router has 4 antennas to provide superior range and 64MB RAM -this enables you to connect up to 64 devices simultaneously. The router supports WiFi n and comes with two Ethernet ports to connect devices via wire if required.You can setup and control the router easily via the Mi Home app.

Pocket Portable Pico Projector Rs 5,000 onwards

Pocket projectors are great for use in confined spaces. They can project image as large as 100-inches and do not require a lot of area to be placed. Most entry level projectors offer a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels or 800 x 480 pixels -this will not give you the best clarity, but will get the job done in a small size room.

Features vary depending on the brand you choose -you can get options of built-in battery, HDMI, MHL port, built-in speaker, WiFi, USB port etc.

Bluetooth speaker Rs 1,399 onwards

Wireless speakers have shrunk in size you can get Bluetooth speakers that fit on the palm of your hand and still deliver great audio.

There are plethora of options available to day to choose from and some of them are even rugged (shockproof and waterproof).

Almost all Bluetooth speakers have built-in battery that will last several hours. In addition, some speakers come with built-in microphones to receive voice calls while some even come with LED lighting.


Running out of storage space? Another 6GB RAM phone is in the works

Running out of storage space? Another 6GB RAM phone is in the works

Other than that, OnePlus 5 has a 6GB RAM variant as well. So as you can see, manufacturers are focusing more on making smartphones with larger RAM capacity. Now, another device from Chinese brand 360 Mobiles is coming to join the bandwagon. We say this as a handset from 360 Mobiles has made an appearance on GFXBench.

The benchmark listing shows the phone carrying 6GB of RAM. However, apart from the RAM capacity, rest of the specs of the device are quite average. So most probably, it will be a mid-ranger. The 360 Mobiles smartphone appears to be sporting a 5.7-inch display with the resolution density of 1080p.

Under the hood, the device will employ an Octa-core, 64 Bit processor that is clocked at 1.8GHz. Although the name of the chipset is not specified, it is believed to the Snapdragon 652 since the processor is layered with the Adreno 510 GPU on top. On the software front, the device is listed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

To remind you, 360 Mobiles had also launched a 6GB RAM phone called the 360 N5 a few months back. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 653 processor. There is a possibility that the phone spotted on GFXBench is a variant of the 360 N5.