NASA recently launched the HDEV experiment, putting live-stream cameras on the International Space Station. According to NASA, the experiment,
“…places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online.”
SpaceX’s robotic Dragon capsule, which just returned to Earth this week, brought up the gear necessary to get this project started. The gear arrived on April 18th and was installed by astronauts and operational by April 30th.
Analysts hope that they can use the HDEV project to learn more about the effects of space on video quality and gear, so that in the future astronauts will know which imaging equipment is most resistant and most effective in conditions of extreme temperatures and harsh radiation.
Don’t worry if the screen is all black- this just means that you are viewing Earth’s night side. The ISS orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes so you shouldn’t have to wait long to get the spectacular view you’re hoping for.