Take A Panoramic Tour Of The International Space Station

It’s the next best thing to actually being there

Samantha Cristoforetti explains how the Columbus hatch works in the ISS


European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti spent 199 days conducting experiments in the International Space Station. Before she came back down to Earth in June, she snapped a series of photos inside the ISS, which the ESA has stitched together to make an explorable panorama.

As you navigate the ISS, you can click on written or video descriptions of an item, recorded by Samantha. The panorama allows you to explore all of the ISS except the Russian modules. The ESA says that the full ISS will be available later this year.