Screenshot from the ISS tour

Let’s go to the space station | Day 350

If you’re fascinated by life in space as it happens right now, there is no shortage of sources to get a glimpse of space stations orbiting the Earth. But there’s a new player in town, an interactive panorama like no other – and it’s free for anyone to view.

Just before ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti left the International Space Station after 199 days, she took up to 15 pictures inside each module. Now, the images have been stitched together to create this interactive panorama.

These panoramas offer a snapshot of the International Space Station as it was in June 2015, after moving the Leonardo storage module to a new location.

Viewed in fullscreen mode, with headphones, this is a wonderfully immersive experience – you get to watch short videos about the various items aboard the station, move through corridors, and float adrift as the walls of the station slowly rotate past, with wall-mounted stuff located in all possible directions. There doesn’t seem to be an up or down, and there is a staggering amount of tools, switches, control boards, and god-knows-whats.

When I have some time, I’d like to go through the full tour and count wrenches. Or laptops.

Which are your favourite snapshots? Comments below!

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