Two Russian cosmonauts were filmed launching nano-satellites while clinging to the outside of the International Space Station.
We’ve seen plenty of memorable videos captured on board the International Space Station (ISS), but back in August, two Russian cosmonauts achieved a first. They recorded a 360-degree video during a spacewalk outside the ISS.
According to The Verge, the two cosmonauts are Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin. They were performing a 7.5 hour spacewalk during which they carried out a number of maintenance tasks and throwing nano-satellites into low Earth orbits. The satellites in question were Tanyusha nano-satellites and a satellite called TS530-Zerkalo.
As well as the two cosmonauts we have the Russian space agency Roscosmos, spacecraft manufacturer Energia, and news outlet RT to thank for making this video possible. We don’t know what camera was used, but you can bet it won’t be the last time we see a panoramic view from outside ISS.
The video above is best viewed full screen, and don’t forget you do have control over where it looks. Simply hold you left mouse button down while over the video and drag to change the view. It’s also possible to pause the video and look around. If you’re looking in the right direction, you can see the satellites being thrown.
Even though this is the first spacewalk filmed in 360-degrees, it’s not the first from on-board ISS. RT has filmed a total of eight 360-degree videos inside the space station, all of which can be viewed at the Space 360 website.