Enjoy the International Space Station with Google’s new tool

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Google announced Thursday that the International Space Station (ISS) could be seen by any individual using its trendy map tool – Street View. The device features in Google Earth and Google Maps and lets you view from various positions.

The tool launched in 2007 has been improved by Google to allow views into the outer space. Users can jab via 15 parts of the International Space Station. Little dots images enable users to propel notes that detail specific functions. Taking the Pirs Docking Compartment 1 for instance, a click on the Orlan Spacesuit description details that the accessory is meant to guide Extravehicular Activity crew member from the space, solar energy, ionizing radiation, and micrometeoroids.

What is ISS?

The ISS is a big science lab and spacecraft that moves around the earth. It’s a base for space exploration, housing many astronauts from various parts of the world with possible missions to the Mars, asteroids, and moon. The ISS consists of several parts often referred to as Modules. The first station was launched in 1998 by a Russian rocket – the crew arrived on November 2, 2000. NASA in collaboration with its international partners completed the station in 2011.

Google users now see that space is extensive and conducive inside. It has five bedrooms, a gymnasium, two bathrooms and a large bay window. It can accommodate six people and can cover a football pitch including the end areas.

An astronaut at the European Space Agency, Thomas Pesquet lived six months as a flight engineer in the station. He captured images with the Street View to share what it looks like from within and what it’s like to take a shot of the earth from the outside space.

In a blog post, the astronaut said that looking at the earth from the outer space made him think differently somewhat about the earth. He added that the ISS on Street View would possibly change the way you see the world also. Nodes are modules that link up the different parts of the station. The ISS features science laboratories from the U.S, Japan, Russia and Europe. Astronauts learn how to live and work in space at these labs.

The ISS can be seen without any viewing aid from the earth, and it stands as one of the biggest steps in achieving NASA’s plan of having humans inhabit in the deeper space. Google viewing tool comes 48 years after the debut manned space mission landed on the moon.