JAXA and Ricoh release the 4th phase of 360-degree spherical still images captured in outer space
Apr. 15, 2020

Ricoh has released today the 4th phase of 360-degree still images captured in outer space.


A compact spherical camera, jointly developed by JAXA and Ricoh based on the RICOH THETA camera, was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on board “KOUNOTORI8”, a spacecraft used to resupply the space station. The camera was used to capture 360-degree still images and videos from an experimental platform outside the Japanese Experimental Module known as “KIBO”.


In addition to the videos released in the first batch on October 17, 2019, second batch on November 27, 2019, and third batch on March 2, 2020, a new video has been released in the fourth batch.

The fourth batch features a time-lapse video of images shot in the daytime across 15 orbits of the ISS around the Earth.
Enjoy the images of our beautiful Earth.


Captured spherical still images and video will be released in the JAXA Digital Archives (JDA), which is run by JAXA. These images and video will also be available from THETA LAB, a website run by Ricoh. You can view the images and video from any point of view you wish in all directions of 360° from this website in your web browser.

You can also simulate the experience of being in outer space by viewing these highly realistic spherical images using a VR headset.


You can see the video here.


JAXA Digital Archives


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