NASA Television launches HD Channel
By Robert Briel
Published: July 16, 2010 10.23 Europe/London

On Monday, July 19, NASA Television will launch a full-time High Definition (HD) channel that media, cable and satellite service providers can access for news content and coverage of agency missions and programmes, the agency announced.

The channel will deliver HD video “that only NASA can provide”, such as live launch coverage of space shuttles and other spacecraft. The “ISS Update,” a daily programme 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.

NASA’s video file news feed, media conferences, lectures, satellite interviews and special events also will be delivered in HD. The NASA TV HD channel will be offered in MPEG-2 format.