The breathtaking beauty of Earth opens up in RT’s new project “Space 360” through a stunning 360° video from the International Space Station (ISS). The unprecedented footage, filmed by a Russian cosmonaut, will give an immersive experience of life in orbit.
Presented by RT in collaboration with the Russian space agency Roscosmos and the rocket and space corporation Energia, the “Space 360” project will feature the first-ever 360° videos filmed from the low Earth orbit. The spectacular series will include footage captured on the ISS and sent back to Earth by Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko exclusively for RT.
The goal, according to Borisenko, is to provide viewers with the same vantage point seen every day by those lucky enough to call the ISS home.
“For the first time in history, we’re filming a panoramic video from the station. It means you’ll see everything we see here, with your own eyes. That’s to say, you’ll be able to feel like real cosmonauts,” Borisenko told RT from space.
The panoramic video is being made possible by equipment that was sent to orbit on the Soyuz MC-03 spaceship last month.
In a new installment of RT’s pioneering 360° video documentary from the International Space Station, cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko takes us to the favorite part of the station “of all crew members” – the Cupola, mounted on the Earth-facing side of the ISS.
“This is the place where any astronaut or cosmonaut that visits the ISS wants to spend all their free time,” says Borisenko, who recently arrived at the station for his second six-month stint. “Though actually, there isn’t really that much free time here.”
The Cupola was built in 2010 for a practical reason. It is from here that crew is best able to operate the robotic arm that is visible directly from it, alongside the Russian segment of the station (often with a Soyuz craft attached) and the US and Japanese labs.
But almost from the start, it became a favorite for space explorers from all segments of the ISS, who take turns pushing themselves in microgravity to the cramped room, made bigger by its seven bay windows, which can be shut at any time with a complex mechanism in the event of depressurization.
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams confessed she enjoyed trying to guess which part of the Earth the ISS was passing, judging from the formation of the clouds and the ground below. Many of the more avid photographers from past missions have also camped out in the Cupola, both for artistic, and scientific photos.
Borisenko says he is often too spellbound to do anything at all, once he is in the Cupola, simply staring back at our home planet.
“No matter how many more planets we will discover, the Earth will always be the most beautiful,” says the 52-year-old cosmonaut.
The Russian space explorer also likes to poke fun at Flat-Earthers.
“You can see from here that the Earth is round – no elephants or whales holding it up,” Borisenko says.
RT will be regularly uploading segments from the Space 360 project – a joint initiative of RT, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, and Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, the manufacturer of the Soyuz, with Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko as host and tour guide.