Forget ‘Panda Cam’, an HD Stream of Earth Is Coming Soon

International space station to install high-definition cameras

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The space shuttle Endeavour is silhouetted against the backdrop of Earth's horizon prior to docking with the International Space Station in this picture taken by an Expedition 22 crew member on February 9, 2010

Two high-definition cameras will be fastened to the International Space Station’s underbelly in the coming months to provide earthlings with some of the cleanest images of their planet from an orbit-eye view.

According to a report in National Geographic, the cameras were part of the cargo on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that launched into orbit on Monday.

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Once operational, Canadian company UrtheCast will stream the first “near-live” HD video of earth.

[National Geographic]