You Can Now Explore the International Space Station with Google Street View
Marking its first foray into space, Google Street View now allows users to explore the International Space Station (ISS) and explore all of its 15 modules, TechCrunch is reporting. At the time the astronauts gathered the imagery for this project, one of Space X’s Dragon vehicles was parked at the ISS, which means you can also take a look at how cargo gets delivered to the station.
“The new imagery lets you walk through the different modules and given the complexity of the ISS, Google thankfully provides explanations for some of the equipment you’ll encounter during your sojourn. That’s a first for Street View, too, and something I hope the team will expand to other locations as well. It’s worth noting that on the Space Station, Google also uses this feature to help you move from one module to another”.
Since the ISS design isn’t bound by gravity unlike any earthbound lab, it means that you do indeed need a full 360-degree view to take it all in. Although Google’s controls sometimes make it a bit hard to do so since the Street View system wasn’t designed for this kind of experience.
You can give it a try on Google Maps at this link.