Google Street View now lets you venture inside the International Space Station


Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut at the European Space Agency, spent six months onboard the ISS and returned last month.

Google Street View lets you see inside the crew's working and living quarters. The tour has been launched to mark the 48th anniversary of the first manned mission landing on the moon, which took place on 20 July 1969.

Recently, researchers at the National Institutes of Health's Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats program sent materials for their experiments to the International Space Station.

The images are even more impressive considering the lengths Google and NASA's Johnson Space Center went to in order to get the photos.

This is also the first Street View tour since the introduction of Google Arts & Culture museums which includes annotations, helping us understand the complex world astronauts live in aboard the ISS.

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Rolling out today, users of the highly popular Google Street View can join the team of Astronauts on the International Space Station; not to mention drift around unsupervised, to explore all of the 15 rather cramped modules that make up the orbiter.

Unlike an earthbound lab, the ISS design isn't bound by gravity and that means that you do indeed need a full 360-degree view to take it all in. 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. 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".

"And it had to be done with such precision that it formed a hermetic environment to support life".

This is not the first time a 360-degree tour has been captured in Space.