Nerds rejoice: NASA is launching TV channel with high-def videos of space

Nerds rejoice: NASA is launching TV channel with high-def videos of space

Prepare to be amazed with breathtaking images of Earth and the mind-numbing vastness of space

On November 1, NASA will launch its greatest contribution to mankind yet: a high definition television channel. In partnership it Harmonic, a video delivery infrastructure firm, the US space agency will begin broadcasting NASA TV UHD – its first ever non-commercial consumer TV channel throughout North America.

Prepare to be amazed with breathtaking images of Earth and the mind-numbing vastness of space.

“As NASA reaches new heights and reveals the unknown, the NASA TV UHD channel can bring that journey to life in every home. And as organizations at the forefront of innovation, together we are leading the adoption of this exciting technology,” said Harmonic CMO Peter Alexander.

The video feed will be comprised of images and videos from the International Space Station, the Hubble Telescope, as well as other ongoing NASA missions – all in ultra high-definition of course. This includes any live launches that may occur in upcoming months.

In addition, the channel will show remastered footage from many historical space missions and training videos.

The Harmonic systems will allow NASA to deliver videos with ‘linear 2160p60’ quality on both television sets and internet-connected devices.

“Partnering with Harmonic gives NASA an outlet for its UHD content, which has four times the resolution of HD and is the next iteration of digital television,” said Robert Jacobs, NASA’s deputy associate administrator in Washington, DC.

A test signal for NASA TV UHD is currently available on the AMC 18C satellite.

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