You Are The Star of a Hot New HD Show Coming to T.V. and Internet Soon!

It seems that almost everyone on Earth is going to be the star of a new T.V. and Internet show.  Canadian company Urthecast is working with the Russian Space launch firm RSC Energia to launch two cameras to the International Space Station.  One camera is normal resolution with normal red/blue/green and a near-infra-red channel that will have the ability to see an area of about 40 miles.  Infrared is used to help see the Earth at night. The other camera is very high definition with a resolution of 4560 x 3048 pixels covering 3 miles by 2 miles.  They will also be steerable so that they can dwell over points of interest on the surface. These cameras will be mounted on the Russian segments of the I.S.S.  The live video feed is supposed to start in 2012 and internet users will be able to see the video for free through the Urthecast web platform or can be seen through Urthecast’s exclusive partners and customers video feeds.
The resolution of the HD camera should allow viewers to see images larger than 3.6 feet when zoomed in, but that just means that the smallest HD pixel will be equivalent to 3.6 feet.  That’s not bad resolution for looking at cities, scenery, and large structures.  Urthecast’s president - Scott Larson, commented that you' would be seeing an image of Earth scrolling by that you will be able to fast forward, rewind or pause for closer inspection.  This ability has been referred to as “Google Earth on steroids” due to it’s ability to capture environmental, political, economic, or sporting events on a continual basis.  Since the camera will be orbiting the Earth 16 times a day video on any particular spot should be updated at least daily.  However the I.S.S. only orbits from 52 degrees north latitude to 52 degrees south latitude.  Interestingly enough the two largest areas that will not be covered by this live video feed are in Canada and Russia and the only other areas that won’t be covered are in Scandinavia, Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland.  This constant coverage should provide news agencies live video from apace or breaking stories from around the globe.  Even now news agencies clamor for space images of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunami effects, Hurricanes, and other natural disasters. This new service will allow these news casters and you to see these disasters within a few hours and also show progression over time.   Computer gaming companies will be able to use this as strategic background or set design for games.   Teachers could use this as a rich opportunity to show students different aspects of Culture, Geography, Geology, Marine Science Environmental Awareness, Spaceflight, and hopefully foster unity as people realize that we are all part of the same little planet called Earth.

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