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WATCH: NASA Streams World’s First Live 360 Rocket Launch!

written by Jude Kasekamp April 18, 2017
NASA Cygnus Rocket thumbnail, with Watch Video in 360 degrees

NASA don’t just develop new technology to put people in space. They also use new technology to get more people excited about what they’re up to. Tuesday morning, they launched a mission to the International Space Station and streamed it live on YouTube in 360. Check it out on the NASAtelevision channel!

NASA, in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, will broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch. This stream will begin at approximately 11:00a.m. EDT on April 18th, and will last until the rocket is out of sight. This stream enables you to look around in 360 degrees -as if you were actually standing on the launch pad.

The Orbital ATK CRS-7 resupply mission to the International Space Staion is scheduled to launch during a 30 minute window opening at 11:11a.m. EDT. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket carrying more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory.

NASA have utilized 360 videos in the past. However, this is the first time they’ve done it live. It isn’t enough to just provide video content. You have to be on the leading edge of 360 video, virtual reality, and other new formats to stay in the spotlight. For example, they shared a 360 view of the RS-25 engine test last month. My personal favourite is the 360-degree view from the Curiosity Mars Rover. Chills…

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover render

Private company SpaceX have streamed recent launches and their crazy landings online. It’s great to see a more “traditional” organization like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration take advantage of social marketing, too. After all, it isn’t just about showing off their rockets. It’s about keeping younger generations interested in science, technology, and space.

So, what do you geeks think about this newest video format? What do you think NASA should share next? Sound off in the comments, space cadets!

Before you go, check out these other angles of the launch:

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