NASA Television Goes HD

 It starts Monday, July 19.
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NASA TV said Thursday that it will launch a full-time high-defintion channel in the MPEG-2 format.

It starts Monday, July 19.

The channel will deliver coverage of NASA fare including live launch coverage of space shuttles and other spacecraft, the agency said in a brief announcement.

The "ISS Update," a daily program covering the activities of the on-orbit International Space Station crews, will air on the new HD channel.

Video of the Earth shot by crews on the station and from NASA satellites also will be available. So will NASA's video file news feed, media conferences, lectures, satellite interviews and special events.

While it's not clear how many multichannel providers will carry NASA TV in high definition, the HD video will be available for other media entities to access and use on their HD channels.

More info, including downlink and scheduling information is at www.nasa.gov/ntv

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