OSX Screen Saver — ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment


I have created a simple screen saver for NASA Earth Viewing Experiment. This is a live stream from space station mixed with Soma FM Mission Control audio stream.

Download NASA OSX Screen Saver

About the mission:

The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.

Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here.

For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here.

Quick notes about hdev video:

Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.

15 Responses

  1. Rusty Hodge says:

    This is cool. Too bad the video isn’t running 24/7 (not your fault). Love the concept, and it’s awesome when there is video running.

    Maybe you could build a stand-alone app that you just run to get the video and audio full screen as well? That would be great too!

    Rusty / SomaFM

  2. Grant says:

    Dude, I’ve downloaded this, and all I get is a NASA logo and Ustream showing all the time. The feed never kicks in.

    OSX 10.9.2


  3. ioconnor says:

    Is there a version for linux mint xfce 64bit in the works?

  4. Michele says:

    Hi! Great screensaver. Do you know If there is a way to set that video streaming as desktop wallpaper in OS X? Thank you.

  5. alfred says:

    why is there no button to turn off the sound? its much nicer without noise in the back

  6. Ricardo says:

    good idea, I already use Websaver for mac and link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload/pop-out

  7. Richard says:

    Hi Vladimir, this is awesome, thanks! Is it possible/easy to include the option to disable sound?
    I had a quick look over the screensaver code in a text editor but I couldn’t find a simple way to do it.

  8. Leo says:

    Владимир, присоединюсь к страждущим по кнопке выключения звука. Очень клевый скринсейвер но вечером когда все спят надоело менять звуковой выход в системе )))

  9. Chris says:

    Ok – this is great!
    For sure, a sound free version would be great.


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