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Watch The World’s First 360-Degree Rocket Launch Live Stream

posted: 04/18/17
by: Eileen Marable

NASA has joined with partners United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital ATK to broadcast the world's first live 360-degree stream of a rocket launch. This amazing first, being made available via NASA's YouTube Live Stream, is all systems go for this morning as the Orbital ATK CRS-7 Cargo Resupply Mission to the ISS launches on ULA's massive Atlas V rocket carrying thousands of pounds of crew supplies and science research out of Cape Canaveral.

The 30 minute launch window opens at 11:11 A.M. EST this morning, and prior to that NASA TV will provide programming about the mission. We have the feed from NASA's YouTube Channel below. Please scroll down to read NASA's important tips on the 360-Degree viewing and enjoy!

To view in 360, use a mouse or move a personal device to look up and down, back and forth, for a 360-degree view around Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Viewers may use the YouTube app to view the launch on a smart phone. Those who own virtual reality headsets will be able to look around and experience the view as if they were actually standing on the launch pad.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all browsers support viewing 360 videos. YouTube supports playback of 360-degree videos on computers using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers.

If you'd like to view directly on YouTube, view on our Science Channel Playlist!

While virtual reality and 360 technology have been increasing in popularity, live 360 technology is a brand new capability that has recently emerged. Recognizing the exciting possibilities opened by applying this new technology to spaceflight, NASA, ULA, and Orbital ATK seized this opportunity to virtually place the public at the base of the rocket during launch. Minimum viewing distance is typically miles away from the launch pad, but the live 360 stream enables viewers to get a pads-eye view.

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