We common mortals are probably not very likely to walk in space anytime soon. But astronauts on the International Space Station have made this 360-degree video to get us as close to spacewalks as we can get at the moment.
Two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin, filed the launching of five nano-satellites outside the ISS with a 360-degree camera. As The Verge writes, it’s not clear what camera they were using. But whichever camera it was, their footage lets you see the spacewalk with the eyes of an astronaut.
The video shows you an out-of-this-world view of the Earth (and I mean it quite literally). The astronauts captured the video back in August as they spent 7.5 hours in a spacewalk and performed the maintenance tasks. The video was produced by news website RT, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and spacecraft producer Energia. It premiered this Tuesday as a part of an event commemorating the 1957 launch of Sputnik-1, the first artificial satellite of Earth.
As RT writes, “this is the first time that the so-called extravehicular activity (EVA) has been filmed in 360.” Still, this format was used previously for the exploration of the ISS modules as a part of the 360 project. It lets you explore the space station, but from the inside.
Although it’s just a YouTube video, the footage and the feeling while watching still are still quite impressive. So if you dreamed of becoming an astronaut when you were a kid, here’s your chance to get closer to walking in space. Sort of.