NHK astronaut grabs 4K footage of comet ISON

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Japanese TV will this week show footage of last week’s Comet ISON captured in 4K by astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata was aboard the International Space Station and used a specially developed, and ultra-sensitive, 4K camera to video the comet and its surrounding aurora.

The images are a world’s first for shooting 4K in outer space. The results will be screened during a live transmission from the Space Station on December 4th at 7.30pm Japan time on public broadcasting’s NHK special telecast.

Astronaut Wakata said: “I was surprised by the beauty and clarity of views on the monitor when I was taking 4K images of the comet ISON and the aurora. From the ISS, you can see the depth of star-filled space in 3D perspective, and you can feel just how enormous space is. I am looking forward to showing viewers many extraordinary images.”

The special camera was sent into space on August 4th by Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).


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