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NASA is planning to produce the first ever live 4K video stream from space, beaming pictures from 250 miles above Earth.

The content will be encoded AWS Elemental encoding software on board the International Space Station (ISS) and on the ground at Johnson Space Centre. By streaming real-time video that captures images four times the resolution of current HD technology, NASA is enhancing its ability to observe, uncover and adapt new knowledge of orbital and deep space.

Scheduled for the 2017 NAB Show, Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood will take place at 10.30am on 26 April in room N249 of the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC). The panel is co-produced by NAB Show, NASA and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

A live 4K stream will enable NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on the ISS to converse with AWS Elemental CEO and co-founder Sam Blackman, who will be at the LVCC. In conjunction with the live 4K streaming event, NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and NASA Imagery Experts program manager Rodney Grubbs will take part in an LVCC-based panel discussion featuring Hollywood and technology leaders.

The entire event will be available to the public for multiscreen viewing in live 4K and down-converted high definition (HD) video.