To in­fin­ity and be­yond: Map­ping the ISS

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - Street View im­age show­ing the in­te­rior of the Cupola Ob­ser­va­tion Mo­d­ule. — Google By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

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

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