Google is finally allowing us to look at International space station using street view. In the past google allowed us to have a glimpse at most unusual and the historical places on earth.
With the help of Space station’s crew, Google rolled out an Interactive version of International space station in Google maps.
Explore Internation space station using Google maps
many of us know that On earth, Google uses cars with the 360-degree camera mounted on top to capture Streetview images.
ISS simply used the DSLR camera that was already Onboard to capture these pictures.
With the help of multiple pictures, Google could stitch them together into a 360-degree image.
The only issue that Google faced by doing this is a lot of weird artifacts and no up and down space due to the pictures captured in a weightless environment.
To overcome this Issue, Google’s Street View team worked with NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. They came up with a technique involving bungee cords, which were stretched across each section of the station to create a vertical and horizontal plane. The crew could then rotate the camera around the central point where the cords were crossed.
These Google street view images most of the ISS area including Destiny Lab Module, Tranquility Module, Cargo blocks, Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) etc.
This is one of the biggest milestones that Google street view team had accomplished and more to come in the near future.