Get an eyeful of NASA’s exquisite 4K footage of the Earth, shot with a RED Epic Dragon

by on April 18, 2016

Stephan Jukic – April 18, 2016

NASA’s now consistently refreshing project of giving the public some spectacular 4K UHD video sequences of the space agency’s explorations in orbital space keeps yielding fascinating results.

The latest of these is one of the most impressive so far: an astronaut’s eye view of just how exquisite the Earth looks from above for those of us who don’t yet have the luxury of actually going there to see for ourselves. In order to make the video we’re talking about, NASA ge some of its astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) one of RED’s Epic Dragon 4K cameras and let them shoot the planet’s surface as they flew over it.

The RED Epic Dragon 6K /4K camera

The RED Epic Dragon 6K /4K camera

This also happens to not be the first footage shot from space by the RED Epic Dragon. The crew on the ISS has been recording interior shots of science experiments and daily life and quickly also recorded an orbital sunrise shortly after first being given access to the powerful new 4K pro recording camera.

However, none of these shots quite match this latest video of the planet as seen from the windows of the ISS.

Those of you who have a 4K ultra HD PC monitor or a 4K TV that’s capable of supporting YouTube videos in native 4K resolution would really do well to set the video below to its maximum resolution. It truly is worth watching for a bit.

The RED Epic Dragon is actually a pro shooter that’s also capable of recording 6K 6144 x 3160 resolution video but this means some serious data loads for any storage medium. Thus, we’re not sure if the astronauts have been recording in full camera resolution and downscaling to 4K or if the following footage was simply shot in 4K right off the bad. Either way, it’s definitely something to behold.

For those of you who want to see still more of NASA’s 4K space footage, you can do so here at the website. NASA has also developed a new satellite 4K content channel in cooperation with Harmonic.

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