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Wouldn’t it be amazing to sit aboard the International Space Station, watching Earth’s continents and oceans pass by as you orbit the planet? If a startup called Urthecast has its way, you’ll soon be able to replicate that experience from your computer, thanks to HD cameras mounted on the station to stream near real-time video of Earth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be the first-ever HD streaming video feed of Earth from space, and will let viewers discern objects as small as one meter wide.

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There are no small steps only giant leaps for Canadian startup UrtheCast. The company is set to launch the world’s first and only near real time HD video cameras from space later this year – and the potential of these cameras could significantly impact scientific research, education and how we view international news. For the first time we will have access to an uninhibited vantage point – an angle so significant to seeing how events unfold – the view from above. “Astronauts say that when they go up into space and they look down at the earth – it changes them. When they come back they’re different from when they went up,” says UrtheCast president Scott Larson. “Being able to see how icebergs are moving, forests are changing and animals are migrating – seeing how we interact with the planet – that is going to be the coolest thing that comes out of the project.”

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Vancouver’s UrtheCast has taken a giant step into the thermosphere with its goal to affix high-resolution cameras to the International Space Station by the end of 2012. The cameras will send still images and video to Earth-giving users access crucial information for anything from disaster monitoring to commodities trading.

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A partir de 2012, o planeta Terra será transmitido ao vivo pela internet. Isso é o que promete a empresa chamada UrtheCast, com projeto de instalar duas câmeras de alta definição com grandes lentes de zoom na Estação Espacial Internacional (ISS na sigla em inglês).

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