Space Station Astronauts Watch ‘Gravity’ on New sixty 5-Inch Show

Over the weekend, the crew aboard the Worldwide Space Station raised eyebrows with their choice of movie: "Gravity," the harrowing, Oscar-worthwhile film about two astronauts stopping for his or her lives after their space shuttle is destroyed. Perhaps additional newsworthy was the reality that the precise-life astronauts have been watching it on their new sixty 5-inch show. No, they didn’t have a TV shipped into orbit from Biggest Buy. It’s the main projection show in space, particularly designed for use on the ISS with supplies that rejects ambient delicate, maintains its sort in zero gravity, and resists stains from floating gadgets of meals.

Paired with a 1080p laser projector, the show, designed by Austin, Texas–based Show Enhancements, may be used for displaying information, video conferences and, positive, movie night time time. Additionally it is pretty compact: Your complete factor could be rolled up proper right into a tube that is solely 2.5 inches in diameter. When astronauts want to observe a terrifying movie about people drifting by way of the chilly, darkish emptiness of space, they merely ought to roll out the show and clip the corners with particularly designed bungee cords. Sooner than it was shipped to the ISS earlier this month, they wanted to depend upon 13-inch capsule-like exhibits. Now, astronauts lastly get to watch points on an unlimited show.

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— Keith Wagstaff

First revealed April 27 2015, eleven:forty three AM