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Photos: Urthecast — the Earth Video Camera

UrtheCast is launching a streaming video platform of planet Earth, that will originate on the International Space Station. To view the photo essay click here.

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History of the International Space Station

The International Space Station or (ISS) is mankind’s first permanent footprint on the road towards the final-frontier. Years of cooperation between the members of the international space community have led to the completion of one of the most ambitious endeavors undertaken by modern man. Spanning the length of a football field and hurtling through space at a mind-boggling 17,500 miles per hour or 32,410 kilometers per hour, the ISS project is the first step in establishing a permanent human presence in outer-space, that will serve as a starting point for all future space exploration.