Astronauts' GoPro captures spacewalk in stunning detail


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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION — Most people probably won’t have the opportunity to go on a spacewalk, but new GoPro footage from NASA brings the experience back down to Earth.

Two American astronauts, Terry Verts and Barry Wilmore, carried a GoPro camera with them during their most recent spacewalks in February. NASA released the footage Wednesday and it was promptly uploaded to YouTube, where it drew international attention.

The video starts inside the International Space Station — with the astronauts apparently trying to figure out how the GoPro works — but quickly moves outside to provide a magnificent view of the astronauts working and the Earth below them.

There is almost no conversation during the hour-long video, but listening to the sounds of the space station and watching its slow movement over Earth is mesmerizing.

The spacewalks were conducted as part of a project to install two new docking ports on the space station. The new ports are designed to receive U.S. commercial spacecraft starting in 2017.

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