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This is the First 8K Video Shot in Space


NASA has released the first 8K footage ever shot in space. This 3-minute video was captured aboard the International Space Station using a RED Helium 8K camera, and it shows the astronaut residents living, working, and conducting research.

NASA has a history of pushing the boundaries of camera technologies on the ISS, previously sending HD cameras, 3D cameras, and a 4K camera.

The RED Helium 8K used for this project was delivered to the ISS back in April by the SpaceX cargo resupply mission. It’s the same camera that was used to shoot recent Hollywood movies such as The Hobbit trilogy and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold does some filming on the International Space Station Oct. 3, 2018, with a Helium 8K camera, made by the digital cinema company RED. Photo by NASA

“This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” says NASA communications manager Dylan Mathis. “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We’re excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.”

You probably don’t have an 8K display of your own to watch the video on, but NASA invites you to appreciate the higher-quality playback on the device you do have.

“Viewers can watch high-resolution footage from inside and outside the orbiting laboratory right on their computer screens,” NASA says. “A screen capable of displaying 8K resolution is required for the full effect, but the imagery is shot at a higher fidelity and then down-converted, which results in higher-quality playback, even for viewers who do not have an 8K screen.”