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Watch the first ever 360-degree video of a spacewalk

Watch the first ever 360-degree video of a spacewalk


Two Russian cosmonauts captured the footage during a spacewalk in August

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The crew on the International Space Station has shot the first ever 360-degree video of a spacewalk. The video shows Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin launching five nano-satellites outside the ISS next to a 360-degree camera, though it’s not clear what camera they were using. The two cosmonauts captured the video during a 7.5-hour spacewalk in August where they also underwent maintenance tasks. The clip is about 3.5 minutes long. It was produced by news site RT with the Russian space agency Roscosmos and spacecraft producer Energia.

The footage is actually quite incredible, and you have full control over where to look, from the quite detailed ISS to a slightly disconcerting, but beautiful planet Earth. The two men can be seen working and at some points, throwing the satellites, including two Tanyusha nano-satellites and a Sputnik-like satellite called the TS530-Zerkalo, which is taking measurements in low Earth orbit. The footage speeds up at the end, and you can see how quickly the ISS orbits the Earth as the spacewalk is underway. RT has also produced 360 videos from inside the ISS before.

If that hasn’t satisfied your space cravings for the day, you can also watch two NASA astronauts do a spacewalk today outside the ISS to repair the space station’s robotic arm.