Pics: TED viewing party in outer space

Posted by: Emily McManus

  • When we asked astronaut Cady Coleman to speak to TED2011 from the International Space Station, she asked us: “Will I be able to see a little bit of TED?” We thought: awesome! Our video engineer George Riley talked us through the options in an email thrillingly titled “Watching TED2011 in space?” He writes:

    We coordinated with NASA to make sure that they could handle the video file format and had the required bandwidth to upload video files to the space station. Then NASA had to schedule the upload of this video ‘payload’ to the space station. As we were live-streaming the event, we captured the stream to disk in an mp4 file and uploaded it to our archive on Akamai immediately after the session was completed. We provided NASA with their own account to download the video file directly from Akamai via FTP. And then NASA uploads the video to space station.

    It worked — and here’s proof. Shuttle crew members above: Commander Scott Kelly, Cady Coleman and Michael Barratt; below, Paolo Nespoli, Oleg Skripochka and Coleman.

  • Comments (3)

    • Randy Laws commented on Mar 10 2011

      Great pics, seems like its fun being in Zero Gravity.

    • Krissy Williams commented on Mar 9 2011

      Awesome experience! I really proves how technologies are useful to man.

    • Jon Ross commented on Mar 8 2011

      Hello ISS Residents,
      This was tweeted nine (9) months ago by tedchris/Twitter:
      “The TED community never fails to amaze. Look at this ‘TED video bar’ Jon Ross built (http://bit.ly/9FQr8W) Wow! ”

      The best way to view TED videos – all on a single page!