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Astronaut stars in first 4K livestream from ISS. Watch here!

NASA astronaut and ISS Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will appear in the highest resolution video ever livestreamed from space. Credit: NASA

Scott Sutherland
Meteorologist/Science Writer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:33 PM - The commander of the International Space Station, US astronaut Peggy Whitson, is starring in the very first ultra-high-definition livestream from space today, and you can watch it live, here!

NASA is hosting a special event today, as part of the "Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood" panel at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Peggy Whitson, who is now the record-holder for longest time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut, and the current commander of the International Space Station, will be joining the other panelists, from roughly 300 km above the Earth's surface, via the very first 4K, ultra-high-definition broadcast from space.

Watch below, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, courtesy NASA TV.

Anyone with a computer or device capable of viewing in 4K, ultra-high-definition, can watch via the special livestream embedded below, or directly from the Amazon WebServices website.

The panel also includes:

• NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
• Rodney Grubbs, NASA Imagery Experts program manager
• Bernadette McDaid, head of development, virtual reality and augmented reality at Bau Entertainment
• Khawaja Shams, vice president of engineering for AWS Elemental
• Dave McQueeney, senior principal investigator for the IBM Watson Group

According to NASA:

During this event, Whitson will speak with Sam Blackman, chief executive officer and co-founder of AWS Elemental.
The panel will explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level, and will be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, technology editor for the Hollywood Reporter.
NanoRacks, a provider of commercial access to the International Space Station through its status as a U.S. National Laboratory, helped certify for launch a UHD-capable video encoder from AWS Elemental. The encoder and a RED Epic Dragon Digital Cinema camera were delivered to the station aboard a Japanese cargo craft in December 2016.

Source: NASA

Watch below: U.S. President Donald Trump calls the ISS to congratulate Peggy Whitson on her record-breaking time in space.

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