If we told you that you could take a virtual tour of a spacecraft that’s in outer space, would you?
Google Street View is a nifty tool that lets you see what a street looks like before you even get there. If you’ve never used this tool before, you might want to give it a try. All you do is pull out your laptop, open a window, go to Google Maps, type in a location—let’s say Lombard Street in San Francisco (you know, the crookedest street in the world!)—and click on street view. Once you’re in street view, you can virtually walk up and down the street like you’re right there. Fun, right?
Now, what if we told you that Google Street View just stepped it up a notch?
You can now use Google Street View to virtually walk through the International Space Station (ISS). It’s true!
The ISS is a spacecraft that serves as a laboratory in space. It has been orbiting Earth since 1998, and revolving visitors have performed valuable research on the spacecraft ever since. Very few people have visited the space station, and let’s face it, when we say people, technically we mean astronauts. But now with the help of astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who stayed on the ISS for six months, a virtual tour of the ISS can be a reality for anyone interested in traveling to this flying space lab. You can see where astronauts eat, work, and exercise. You can even see what Earth looks like from outer space! Check it out for yourself: bit.ly/2uMmTif