If the world breaks open or shudders to a halt today, the folks on the International Space Station will be the first to know about it. Or, you know, the second. The first to know about it will be the folks who are suddenly swallowed whole by a raging Earth or thrown from the planet’s surface into the frigid, uncaring void of space, but they’re probably not going to be much for reporting back on what’s happening, what with all the screaming and crying and begging for mercy. Sissies. Anyway, if you find yourself needing reassurance that the world is not in fact ending, look no further than the ISS’s eye in the sky live stream, embedded below for your convenience. The feed will give you an astronaut’s eye view of all life on Earth… moving on uninterrupted in pretty much the way it does every day. Hey, don’t look at us — we said it was reassuring, not exciting.
The live stream from the ISS isn’t perfect — depending on what’s happening on the ISS itself, where the station is in its orbit, and what kind of contact it has with the planet’s surface, the ISS Earth cam may stop showing the Earth and begin showing the inside of the station. The feed may even just go dark. If this happens, don’t worry — it is not a sign of the end times. Probably.
Don’t worry if your view from the feed camera is limited, though — if a serpent made of flame or a legion of demons emerges from the world’s dark places to shatter our peaceful existence, the folks at the ISS will no doubt mention it at some point. Those tend to be the sorts of things that dominate conversation around the water cooler.
(via International Space Station, image courtesy of NASA)
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