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NASA releases first 8K video from space

Views beamed to Earth from outer space are spectacular, but NASA is making them even more breathtaking. 

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NASA released the first 8K video from space, after filming the astronauts living and working on the International Space Station.

The Helium 8K camera was created by RED, a digital cinema company. It can shoot video at resolutions ranging from conventional HDTV up to 8,192 pixels by 4,320 pixels, NASA said in a news release. The average HD television projects resolutions of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, while screens at digital theaters can project resolutions between 2K and 4K, NASA said.

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“This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” Dylan Mathis, communications manager for the International Space Station Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a release. “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We're excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.”

You can watch some of the video here.

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