Google Street View always amazes by giving us a closer look at destinations beyond our reach. It recently carried the global hype of the TV series Game of Thrones giving fans an insight to the famous locations. Google Street View has now reached extreme heights, literally, as it recently explored the International Space Station (ISS). Available on its homepage, Google Street View has published images which give a close look at what’s inside the largest habitable body in space.
Google with its Street View team on ground and astronauts aboard the ISS helped map the entire space station giving us a very close look to what really occupies it. To start with, the Cupola Observational Module is on display which is essentially a window to the planet Earth. Through its windows, two astronauts can get a view of Earth which is visible through Google Street View as well. As you open the image, you get a 360-degree view of the observational deck on which you can move around and click to zoom in as well.
The first thing one would probably notice is the massive amount of things inside the ISS. Every bit of the area is used to occupy things which are stuck to the surface since there is no gravity present inside the ISS. Inside the Cupola, apart from the technical machinery, one can notice cameras which would be used to capture the stunning view of space and the Earth visible outside. Moving on, more areas in the ISS are captured and some of these include the Joint Airlock, the US Lab Module, Columbus Research Laboratory, Japanese Experiment Module, various research modules and also the SpaceX Dragon Docking Vehicle. ALSO READ: You can now explore NASA’s International Space Station using Google Maps
As aforementioned, things inside the ISS are scattered quite messily and many of them are unrecognizable. But Google helps with that as it provides small descriptions of the different items and what their purpose actually is. Once you open a module or research laboratory, on the right side there will be a description specifying what its functions and purpose are. Down below there will be a link which reads ‘View on Google Maps’. Clicking on this link will open a new page with the same location and most of the items inside are tagged with their brief descriptions. ALSO READ: Google Street View images show how street trees regulate ecosystem services
Some of these discoveries may come to surprise viewers. For example, Russia’s Zvezda Service Module which hosts living quarters, life-support system, electrical power distribution and more, there is a pink slab on the surface located in the center. This pink slab turns out to be a treadmill with vibration isolation system. More common sightings include many cameras and laptops hung on the sides of the modules and laboratories. Unraveling the interesting components of the ISS is a little tasking but impressive as this is the closest one can get to the space station from Earth. There are 17 areas in total to check out inside the ISS and you can do so by visiting Google Street View’s website.