First 4K Live Stream from Space Set for April 26

If you’re a fan of space exploration, add a reminder to your calendar: Two weeks from today (April 26) NASA will live stream from the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth in 4K—the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space.

Peggy Whitson, astronaut and commander of NASA’s Expedition 51, will participate in a panel discussion called “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” that will take place at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas.

The panel, to be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, technology editor for the Hollywood Reporter, will explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level.

Earthbound participants will include Sam Blackman, chief executive officer and co-founder of AWS Elemental; astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson; Rodney Grubbs, program manager for NASA Imagery Experts; Bernadette McDaid, head of development for virtual reality and augmented reality at Bau Entertainment; Khawaja Shams, vice president of engineering for AWS; and Dave McQueeney, senior principal investigator for the IBM Watson Group.

The event, co-produced with Amazon Web Services, will take place 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 26.

To experience the event in its full 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) glory, you will need a device that supports UHD resolution, although lower-resolution streams of the live broadcast will also be available on NASA TV.

The broadcast is made possible by NanoRacks, which helped certify for launch a UHD-capable video encoder from AWS Elemental. The encoder and a RED Epic Dragon Digital Cinema camera were delivered to the station aboard a Japanese cargo craft in December 2016.

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To watch the historic 4K live stream event, visit on April 26.