Thomas Pesquet digitized the Space Station in 360° for Google Street View
GUIDED TOUR. Imagine : a tour of the owner of the International Space Station (ISS), along its 15 modules and 2 docking vehicles… all with Thomas Pesquet as guide ! A dream come true through the collaboration between the French astronaut, who took charge for Google to photograph the station from every angle. “It was difficult to find the words or capture in a single image the feeling of being in space,” he writes in a blog note. Hence this project, which summarizes in an interactive immersion what months of photographs taken from space only allowed to touch.
15 modules to explore
But this project, carried out in collaboration between the European, American, Japanese and Russian space agencies was not without difficulties, emphasizes the astronaut. “Of course, we encountered all kinds of problems to capture all the images, since the ISS is filled with technical tools, cables, and the seat of experiments not to be disturbed. The Google Street View team worked with NASA teams on the ground to design a 360 ° image collection method that is compatible with weightlessness and our photographic equipment already on board.”
Project making-of video