These are the first full-colour HD videos of Earth taken from space

A satellite imaging company has released what are reported to the be the first publicly-available full-colour videos of Earth taken from space.

UrtheCast, which has two cameras aboard the International Space Station which can pick up anything bigger than a metre, has released videos of London, Barcelona and Boston.

We recommend you go full screen to see these in all their glory (and click on 'HD'):




According to Quartz, the company hopes to provide their videos to private companies in sectors like agriculture, shipping and mining as well as NGOs for helping with humanitarian disasters - it already has a deal set up with the UN.

There are however significant obstacles to providing the videos in real-time - like processing the images (the camera shoots a single spot on Earth from a 30 to 60 degree angle), storing up to a petabyte of data on cloud servers and the expense (the cameras cost a reported $35m (£22m) to develop).

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