WATCH LIVE: First 360° livestream of a NASA rocket launch

2017-04-18 14:37 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - One of the many things that connects people from across the oceans and corners of the globe is technology.  And as our fascination to explore and conquer outer-space grows, sharing has definitely become a matter of caring.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is applying this method to spaceflight - in coordination with United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK, NASA will be broadcast the world’s first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch Tuesday, 18 April.

The livestream set to take place at around 11 a.m. ET (17:00 local SA time) will be broadcast  on the NASA Youtube channel with the ability to tilt and pan for those who wish to get a full view of Space Launch Complex 41. Click here to follow along on Youtube

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The rocket will be carrying more than 7 600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory and according to NASA, as the 360 stream gives the perspective of actually standing on the launch pad.

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"While virtual reality and 360 technology have been increasing in popularity, live 360 technology is a brand new capability that has recently emerged," says NASA. "Recognising the exciting possibilities opened by applying this new technology to spaceflight, NASA, ULA, and Orbital ATK seized this opportunity to virtually place the public at the base of the rocket during launch."

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