TAMPA (FOX 13) -
You no longer need to be an astronaut to enjoy serene views of Earth from 200 miles out in space.NASA has activated a live video feed from new cameras aboard the International Space Station that will be beaming down scenic shots around the clock.
The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment was launched two weeks ago aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule. Since then, astronauts used the station's robot arm to install the camera platform outside the European Space Agency's Columbus module.
The platform includes four high-def cameras inside a pressurized housing to protect them from the harsh extremes of space.
The station completes an orbit around the earth in 90 minutes, meaning astronauts -- and, now, viewers -- experience a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes. Nighttime shots are mostly black, though, and there are occasional moments when the signal drops out and the screen goes gray.
NASA plans to continue streaming the video feeds "while the experiment is operational."