International Space Station now on Google Street View (Source: Google maps)
Google Street View has paved its way through International Space Station (ISS), making it possible for its users to peek inside the ISS from their computer 248 miles below with 360-degree, panoramic views.
Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut with the European Space Agency, captured this Street View imagery who spent six months aboard the ISS before returning to Earth in June.
Google Street View, that was launched in 2007 has augmented its roots around the globe including places as remote as Mt. Everest base camp and as offbeat as Loch Ness. The vast majority of Street View's photography is shot by a vehicle, whose movement is available to fans online.
Sharing this peculiar experience in his blog Pesquet wrote that "it was difficult to find the words or take a picture that accurately describes the feeling of being in space."
"Working with Google on my latest mission, I captured Street View imagery to show what the ISS looks like from the inside, and share what it's like to look down on Earth from space", he added.
"There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there's that whole zero gravity thing", he wrote.
Pesquet's imagery reveals some of the atypical as well as mesmerizing from ISS. The images were captured using DSLR cameras and then "stitched together" back on Earth to create panoramic views.
Floating through the ISS online you'll notice clickable dots with detailed descriptions of the space and it's objects to help viewers understand what exactly they're looking at. Pesquet noted that this is the first time annotations -- "helpful little notes that pop up as you explore the ISS" -- have been added to Street View imagery.