Astronaut coffee break: filming in space


Take a break with ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Luca Parmitano and Thomas Pesquet as they discuss living and working in space. In this video, our astronauts talk about camera equipment and a virtual reality project called the International Space Station (ISS) Experience.

The images of Earth astronauts capture during their time in space are breathtaking, but footage from inside the Station is just as exciting. ISS Experience is a commercial initiative to create an immersive VR experience of life in space for people on Earth. Here, Luca explains ISS Experience to his fellow astronauts as they talk about plans to take VR cameras beyond the airlock.

This clip is part of a series of four filmed in February 2020, following Luca’s return from the ISS mission on 6 February. It was filmed in the crew quarters of the German Aerospace Center DLR’s :envihab facility next to ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience. If we develop a telescope like that, then we will have a 360 view in space right? Same experience but applied to observing space and stars. 😀 and, who knows… it can bring space closer to us on Earth as well 😀 Exciting stuff!

  2. Could you post a link to the VR-recordings?
    The format is marvelous, thank you Luca, Samantha, Alex, Thomas and crew – and as a live stream with questions from the chat, it could be even better 😀

  3. My only dream in life is to be an astronaut and while watching the videos of astronauts i can really imagine myself as an astronaut .
    esa has proved to be very helpful for me as by following esa's website i can grab lots of informations about space .
    Thanku esa , LOVE FROM INDIA ❤

  4. As filmagens no espaço já sabemos que é rápido …as deslocações são rápidas, o que acontece por detrás das filmagens e muito peculiar!! É mais uma troca de impressões com temas interessantes…então filmar a Terra da cúpula é uma filmagem deveras especial!! Para nós são novidades sempre!!

  5. Science is amazing and Astronauts are heroes of mankind, except for that one female Astronaut that committed crimes while on the ISS.
    Samantha Cristoforetti is awesome, I wish we could get more videos of her from the ISS.

  6. It’s like we were there with you share that journey you have shared everything you did so massive big thankyou it’s surprising how you fit everything in there plus the crew it’s amazing must be such great feeling when you look all look up in the sky knowing you been in space 🛰📡🚀🌖🪐

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