January 21, 2009

High definition ISS video is produced

The U.S. space agency says Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke has made a 35-minute high-definition video tour of the International Space Station.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration video, produced with Flight Engineers Sandy Magnus and Yury Lonchakov, will air as a special Video File on NASA Television's HD Channel 105 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. CST Thursday and Friday. The video will then be broadcast in standard-definition on NASA TV immediately following the regularly scheduled daily Video File broadcasts.

With a mass of nearly 630,000 pounds, the space station has grown to a size larger than an average four-bedroom house on Earth, NASA said. The next space shuttle mission, designated STS-119, will continue the station's assembly by delivering a fourth and final set of solar arrays. Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew are targeted to launch Feb. 12.

Technical information on how to receive the special broadcast in high definition, and for NASA TV streaming video is available at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.