Japanese TV Shows Footage of ISON

Astronaut captured 4K images while aboard International Space Station
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ISON as shown in an image courtesy of NASA. Image Credit: ESA&NASA/SOHO/SDO

TOKYO—Japanese public television will broadcast the first 4K video shot in space via a special NHK telecast of a transmission from the International Space Station.

The footage features the Comet ISON and its aura. The images were recorded by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata while onboard the orbiting science laboratory.

“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,” said Wakata. “From the ISS, you can see the depth of star-filled space in 3D perspective, and you can feel just how enormous space is.”

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency provided the camera to the astronauts Aug. 4.