NASA made history by sending a RED Helium 8K camera into space

NASA’s just released a 3-minute video was shot with a RED Helium 8K camera. This is monumental because this is the first 8K video ever shot in space.

The video was shot at the International Space Station while its astronauts conducted their research. NASA has sent HD cameras, 3D cameras, and a 4K camera to the ISS before, but never an 8K camera.

Just look at all those pixels!

Below this the video. Enjoy the space like you’ve never seen it before!

Though the footage was just released, the RED Helium 8K camera used to shoot the video was actually delivered to the ISS all the way back in April. It was delivered by the SpaceX cargo resupply mission.

“This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” says NASA communications manager Dylan Mathis. “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We’re excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.”

Better quality, even if you don’t own an 8K screen

A lot of us may not own an 8K screen. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t see the quality boost in the video. We may not be able to view the video in full 8K glory, but there’s still a higher-quality playback on your device, regardless of whether it’s 8K.

“Viewers can watch high-resolution footage from inside and outside the orbiting laboratory right on their computer screens,” NASA says. “A screen capable of displaying 8K resolution is required for the full effect, but the imagery is shot at a higher fidelity and then down-converted, which results in higher-quality playback, even for viewers who do not have an 8K screen.”

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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