You just have to see the new 4K space footage NASA is uploading to their YouTube channel at a smooth 60fps

by on June 18, 2015

Stephan Jukic – June 18, 2015

If you have a 4K monitor with your PC and it can handle the ultra HD video at a solid 60 frames per second, then you’re in for an absolute treat with the videos NASA is now uploading to YouTube.

The U.S space agency has begun working on offering 4K UHD videos to the video sharing website and are even forming their own channels, such as ReelNASA, for this kind of footage. Best of all however is the fact that the space agency is also taking advantage of its relatively new ability to serve fans and taxpayers these absolutely spectacular 4K ultra HD videos at a kitten smooth 60 frames per second.

The ability to upload 4K content at such a frame rate is a relatively new feature that Google has enabled with YouTube and it has only been available for several weeks as of this writing.

Among the several videos NASA is posting so far, there are scenes of astronauts working outside the International Space Station, exquisite footage of orbital voyages looking down upon the Earth and, one of the agency’s latest uploads, a 4 minute time lapse video distilled down from 40 minutes of raw footage which was itself formed together from 100 GB of 4K still images from a journey around the planets orbit by the ISS.

Here is one of the videos, of astronauts at work in ultra HD

Most of the NASA videos so far consist of this type of time laps footage distilled down from massive batches of raw 4K ultra HD images but the space agency is also working on uploading nearly live, near real-time full videos for fans to watch shortly after they’re made. However, in order to do this, NASA has to deal with the same hurdles that affects everyone wishing to post timely 4K video, the bandwidth problem. This is made slightly trickier when it comes to posting 4K videos at a full 60 frames per second of smoothness. It means twice the data load of a 30fps video.

NASA is definitely promising that more videos are on the way but for now, take a look below at the ISS video compiled from 4K time lapses, and be sure to check out NASA’s channel, linked to above.

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