A screenshot of the International Space Station’s Soyuz Spacecraft using Google Street View.
Photo: Google Maps Street View
Photo: Google Maps Street View

How to use Google Street View to explore the fascinating International Space Station in all its glory

Have you always wanted to explore the International Space Station? Thanks to Google, now you can — without having to get out of bed.

Google Street View now lets you in on the action with panoramic 360-degree views of the ISS and its 15 modules floating 250 miles over Earth.

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In a Google blog post titled “Welcome to Outer Space View,” European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet outlined how living on the ISS for six months changed his life and his hope that the ESA, NASA and Google Street View collaboration to create ISS in Street View will change everyone else’s views of the world, too.

“We did a lot of troubleshooting before collecting the final imagery that you see today in Street View. The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directions—left, right, up, down,” he wrote in the blog.

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“There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there’s that whole zero gravity thing.”

Click through the Google Street imagery at Google Maps to drift through the modules, using the zoom and rotate buttons as you explore.

Google also throws in some incredibly helpful explanations of the diverse technology inside the station. Items with explanations will be marked on the map with a blue button.

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Watch the video below from Google Maps to learn more:

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