Google Street View is launching an epic set of completely explorative places, including the Sistine Chapel, the Ocean and the International Space Station.
That’s right, Street View allows you to explore everything from where the astronauts sleep to the command areas. Street View has offered cool views before, but this is the first time it’s allowed us a peek beyond planet Earth.
The panoramic 360-degree imagery of the ISS couldn’t be created using Google Street View’s usual methods. So instead, the Google team worked with NASA and the Marshall Space Centre to create a “gravity-free method” of collecting pictures using DSLR cameras and equipment already on board. Thomas Pesquet, a European Space Agency astronaut on the ISS, then collected the photos in space and sent them down to Earth where they were stitched together to create the panoramas.