You Can Now Visit The International Space Station For Free (On Google Maps)

No spacecraft required

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The International Space Station has been just added to Google Maps' Street View and you can take a 360° virtual tour of the whole station.

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Orbiting at the high speed of 17,500mph, in low orbit of 400km above Earth's surface, the habitable artificial satellite has a lot of amazing areas to explore. Google have captured all 15 of the station's modules and even added some helpful annotations and facts with it.

To make it happen, Google worked with the main international space agencies, including NASA, ESA, JAXA, Roscosmos and CASIS.

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This new feature to Street View coincides with the 48th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon's surface, on 20th July 1969.

If you want to find out more about how Google achieved this and the challenges they faced, take a look at this documentary video posted on YouTube:

The ISS was first launched into orbit in 1998 and is now the biggest human-made body in low Earth orbit. The station, always manned by a crew of six, is even visible from Earth as it passes across the night sky.

From: CountryLivingUK