Take a 3D (or 2D) Tour of the International Space Station

Andrew LaSane

You no longer have to be a real astronaut to visit the International Space Station thanks to the advent of space tourism, but you do need pretty deep pockets. For those of us who can't afford the trip, the European Space Agency has created an experience not unlike a Hollywood blockbuster. In a video recently posted to YouTube, a narrator serves as a cosmic tour guide as a camera moves through the interior and exterior of the ISS. The footage gives audiences a rare POV of the satellite in either high definition 2D or anaglyph 3D, with a few computer-generated images added to show details of the station's layout and design.

The video explains various facets of life for astronauts in space—from eating, to conducting experiments, to navigating while weightless. The tour also goes into spaces reserved for visitors from specific countries, storage areas, control rooms, and research spaces. You will need anaglyph glasses to take advantage of the 3D video option, but seeing the computer-generated models of the station is also cool in 4K.

[h/t Gizmodo]Images from ESA on YouTube