To infinity and beyond: Mapping the ISS
IF YOU thought mapping cities and landmarks around the world was a daunting enough task, Google has set its sights higher – right into outer space.
Google Street View has captured images from the International Space Station (ISS), which the company says is the first time Street View imagery was captured beyond Earth.
The keen-eyed user would also notice that annotations – little notes that pop up as one explores the ISS – have been added for the first time to Google Street View imagery.
The annotations provide additional information or fun facts such as where the astronauts work out to stay physically fit, what kind of food is consumed, and where scientific experiments are conducted in the space station.
The ISS floats 250 miles (402km) above Earth and is made up of 15 connected modules.
“The ISS acts as a base for space exploration – possible future missions to the Moon, Mars and asteroids – and gives us a unique perspective on Earth itself. We can collect data on the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere and land surface,” said Thomas Pesquet in Google’s blog post. Pesquet is an astronaut at the European Space Agency who spent six months on board ISS as a flight engineer.
Due to the constraints of living and working in space, Google could not collect the imagery using the usual methods such as the Street View car or the Trekker, which is a device mounted on a person.
Instead, the Street View team worked with Nasa to design a gravity-free method of collecting the imagery using DSLR cameras and equipment.
The images were then sent down to Earth and stitched together to create panoramic 360° imagery of the space station. To get an idea of how the images were collected, check out Google’s behind the scenes video at goo.gl/ihp1TP. THE Selangor Cyber Games 2017, carrying a total of RM180,0000 worth of prize money, is set to take place from Aug 12 to 13 at Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya.
Back for the fourth year running, the event will feature tournaments for popular games such as League Of Legends (LOL), Dota 2, FIFA Online 3 and Tekken 7.
It is organised by the Selangor state government in collaboration with Garena, Mineski Events Team and Big Machinez.
This year, attendees will get to watch the grand finals of the Legends Circuit, which is the highest level professional league for LOL in Malaysia.
The Legends Circuit will offer a total prize pool of RM80,000 and a direct spot in the upcoming Garena Premier League Summer 2017 regional event in Thailand.
The rest of the RM100,000 prize pool is split among the other tournaments namely Dota 2 (RM50,000), FIFA Online 3 (RM30,000) and Tekken 7 (RM20,000).
Interestingly, the Dota 2 tournament this year will be open only for local amateur-level gamers.
Also, there will be no pre-event qualifers with the exception of LOL.
Those interested in taking part should head to the official website at www.selangorcybergames.net to register for the tournament. — Lee Kah Leng