NASA knows that unless you are an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS), your chances of experiencing a real-life spacewalk are pretty slim. To give you a taste of what it’s like to “walk” in the void of space, the space agency attached a GoPro camera to astronauts aboard the ISS and sent them for Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs), and the breathtaking results of this experiment are now available for all to see.
On Friday, NASA released two GoPro videos -- shot from the perspective of astronaut Terry Virts as he reconfigures and repairs the exterior of the ISS. The complete footage, which is nearly two hours long, also contains stunning, crystal clear images of Earth from 250 miles above.
The first video was shot on Feb. 25 during EVA-30, when the astronauts serviced the ISS’ robotic arm. The second video comes from EVA-31, undertaken on March 1, when Virts and Barry Wilmore stepped outside the ISS to install a new communications system for future vehicles.
This is not the first time a GoPro camera has been used aboard the ISS. In November, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, stuck a GoPro inside a water bubble as part of an elaborate experiment to study surface tension in microgravity: