Bagged your 8K TV? You can now watch 8K video of space on it

Like it or not, 8K TVs are here - and NASA is treating early adopters of the next-gen telly to some native 8K footage of space to play on them.

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have brought us the very first 8K video from space. The three-minute video on YouTube sees astronauts living, working and conducting research from the International Space Station, from both inside and outside its orbiting laboratory.

The 8K footage was shot on RED’s Helium 8K camera, which is capable of shooting 8K footage – specifically 8192 x 4320 pixels (higher than the standard 7680 × 4320 pixel resolution of 8K TVs, then) – and was brought to the station in April.

The release of the footage celebrates the 18th anniversary of humans living continuously aboard the station, and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first two space station elements in 1998.

An 8K TV or monitor is necessary to play the video in its full resolution, however those with 4K TVs and lower-resolution screens should still reap joy from a down-converted playback.

You can download the video in full resolution here.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.