OK EARTH - GET READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP

Nov 25, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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They’re expected to start transmitting images of our planet to the internet early next year.

Two cameras have been launched and are headed for the International Space Station.

One of the devices streams video while the other shoots photos.

The cameras  were developed by Vancouver-based “Urthecast” and were  on board an unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft  that blasted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodome in Kazakhstan.

They’ll  be installed on the Zvezda service module – the Russian segment of the space station – during space walks in mid-December.

The cameras are expected to start sending back images once tests are completed.

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