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Webcasts of rocket launchings have become common. There are also live webcasts of events like the landing of a spacecraft on Mars and of news conferences announcing new discoveries. Such live events are seldom available on commercial TV or radio but are often presented free over the web.

There are also lots of space related live interviews and news reports on space events. "Hangouts" have also become popular. These typically involve several people discussing some space topic of interest.

Many such live webcasts are available later as recorded videos on Youtube or other video site.

Web Streaming provides live video and audio in a continous connection similar to channels on radio and TV. (As opposed, for example, to pre-recorded Youtube video clips.)

Audio streaming has shown great improvements and the sound approaches the quality of a FM stations.

Video has also greatly improved over the years even for slow links. However, broadband connections definitely provide the best signal with near TV quality, though still limited to a smaller window that the full screen.

Podcasts - Podcasting is a way to have audio and video files delivered automatically to your PC rather than having to go to a website and download the files yourself. You need an "aggregator program" such as Itunes or Juice. You use the program to subscribe to the podcasts that are of interest to you. You can also load the files into your mp3 player. More info at Science Update, Universe Today - What is a Podcast?, and Podcasting - Wikipedia

See the Do-It-Yourself Podcast - NASA for a guide to creating your own space podcast programs. It is accompanied by the Do-It-Yourself Podcast Blog - NASA, which offers various tips on podcast production.

NASA-TV is the agency's own TV network, broadcast among its various centers, and is available on a some cable networks. Two of NASA TV webcast channels (the Public and Media channels)are shown below.

ESA also broadcasts launches of the Ariane rockets and other actvities.

The low complexity end of SpaceCasting involves downloading, at some low refresh rate, the current image from a webcam of some space related scene.

Spacecast News from Space-for-All

Live streaming video by Ustream.

Video streaming by Ustream.

Streaming video by Ustream

Live Streaming Video of Earth from International Space Station

Live streaming video by Ustream.

Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.

For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here.

To learn more about the HDEV experiment: here.

Space Streams: Live & Archived
You can find many space related
events and archived videos streamed over the net

The Space Show
Dr. David Livingston interviews leading figures in the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism in this weekly radio and webcast show. Archived shows available from June 2001.
Podcast: www.gigadial.net/public/station/11253/rss.xml
The Space Show Prepares to Turn Four - ad Astra/Space.com - Mar.18.05

A weekly videocast report on space flight.
They also offer a live feed.

Talking Space Podcast

Interviews across a broad spectrum of space activities.

Around Space
This television program is produced by the DC-L5 Washington D.C. area chapter
of the National Space Society. It is periodically broadcast on the Fairfax Public Access (FPA)
channel in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Kent Miller interviews guests involved
in space related activities. See the Around Space Film Archive for episodes going back to
its start in 2001. Lots of interesting shows with a wide range of topics including
space advocacy, commercial space, space transport, etc.

This space video program is described as "a Web based video News
program covering topical events in the science of Astronomy".
Updates at the Astrocast.TV Blog.
See also A Green Space - A Green Earth with Bente Lilja Bye,
Commercial Space Coverage
and The Astronomer's Universe
See their archive of previous episodes.

Astronomy Cast
"Astronomy Cast takes a fact based journey through the cosmos as it offers listeners weekly discussions on astronomical topics ranging from planets to cosmology. Hosted by Fraser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr. Pamela L. Gay (SIUE), this show brings the questions of an avid astronomy lover direct to an astronomer. Together Fraser and Pamela explore what is known and being discovered about the universe around us."

Big Picture Science
This weekly program is sponsored by SETI Institute. Covers many space
and science related topics, not just SETI. See this
background info about the program.

Cheap Astronomy Podcasts
The website Cheap Astronomy is dedicated to low cost ways to observe the sky. The
site's Podcast program (nearly 90 shows as of October 2010) explores observation
techniques as well as astronomical topics of general interest.

The Cosmic Ray Show
A weekly talk show featuring astronomy, space, and science!
with host Ray Sanders and guests.

The Dr. Sky Show
Steve Kates who promotes astronomy on radio and TV as "Dr.Sky",
archives his inteviews with "some of the worlds most
interesting guests from the realms of Astronomy, Space,
Aviation and Weather and much more..

Earth & Sky
"Science podcasts heard 12 million times daily. Web community for a thoughtful future."

Mike Hodel's Hour 25
This long running radio show deals primarily with science fiction but often includes interviews with guests involved in space activism and the development of new space businesses. Archives of previous shows available on line.

Mike Coletta's SPACE GAB
"Where we Gab about SPACE" -
Ham radio and space tracking hobbyist Mike Coletta runs this webcast.

Planetary Radio
Planetary Radio is a weekly radio and webcast sponsored by the Planetary Society.
Available over the internet at KUCI. Heard live every Monday at
5:30pm PST (2:30pm EST). There is also an archive of previous shows.

Planet Earth Radio:
The Space Channel
Planet Earth Radio provides a subscription service with several streamed
radio channels those dedicated to Space and Astronomy news and reports.

Rockets Away Radio
Interviews, news and info from the "company specifically devoted
to promoting and supporting the emerging commercial space industry."

Sector Five Radio
This program in Salt Lake City, Utah offers "exciting, fun and unique adventure every
Saturday from 7pm to 10pm MT on AM 630 K-talk radioand here on SectorFiveRadio.com!"

Slacker Astronomy
"A weekly, five minute podcast covering a recent news item in astronomy."
Space Boffins
A monthly space podcast presented by Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson
in Hertfordshire, UK. See also www.facebook.com/spaceboffins

This program appears inactive but the archive is nicely arranged.
SpaceTV is a regular webcast "series about "space, international cooperation
and high technology". It is produced by the Society for International
Space Cooperation

StarDate Online
The popular daily astronomy program, which is broadcast on
many public radio stations, is now available online.

StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Science, pop culture & comedy collide on StarTalk w/ astrophysicist and
Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-hosts, celebrities & scientists."


Stuff To Blow Your Mind
Technology, science, space and other cool stuff
featured on the from Robert and Julie at HowStuffWorks.com.

The Deep
with Jim Sullivan

"Science talk radio, from the depths of the ocean to the deepest frontier, space."

Western Worlds
Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration at Western University
"The weekly program will feature an interview with an expert – a researcher, engineer,
scientist, or educator – in the planetary science and exploration community.
The interview will focus on the guest’s expertise as well as anything
else that may be of interest."

NASA Podcasting
NASA provides audio and video podcasts about its missions,
space science, etc.

General Science Webcasts

Michio Kaku: Science Fantastic and Explorations in Science
Michio Kaku is a well respected theoretical physicist and also a
bestselling author of two books aimed at general reader. Explorations: Past Shows

The Naked Scientists Online, Science Radio Show
"The Naked Scientists Online science radio show and science podcast
utilises streaming technology to allow you to hear science, medicine and
technology news, discoveries and breakthroughs being discussed by
scientists and researchers, and includes interviews with famous scientists of
world-class reputation." Program Archive

Nature Podcast
A weekly program produced by the prestigious Nature journal.

Science Nation
"Online Magazine That's All About Science for the People"
from National Science Foundation. Offers video reports.

Science Update
A daily update of news from Science Magazine /
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Podcast info.)

Space Music

SpaceRadio.FM at MP3.com

More Space Webcasts

NASA TV & Other US Space Broadcasts

NASA has its own TV network that is broadcast to its various facilities around the US and is even available on a few cable systems. (TVRO enthusiasts pick it up on their C-band dishes.) It also has various slow refresh rate cameras for monitoring spacecraft preparation, shuttle payload processing, etc.

Several web sites now provide NASA TV streamed over the net. Some also include the other camera feeds. (See the Space Webcams section below for sites that provide only the slow refresh video.)

See also the ELV Countdown Portal - KSC, which offers video feeds of the pad, Mission Status and Countdown Events data, and other optional info.

During special events such as a shuttle launch, CNN and other general broadcasters may also provide NASA TV feeds.

Note that in the US, the DirecTV and Echostar's Dish DTH services now offer NASATV.

ESA also now broadcasts launches of Arianes and other actvities.

See the Rocketcams & Other Launch Videos in the Multimedia section provides links to archived videos of previous launches.

The main web site for NASA TV.

Live_ISS_Stream on USTREAM:
Live video from the International Space Station includes
internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times...

Live streaming video by Ustream.

More NASA Webcasts

Ecliptic Enterprises
This company specializes in onboard imaging systems and data-transport systems for use with rockets, spacecraft and other remote platforms.

They have put rocketcams on several vehicles that show in real time the "look-back" view as the rocket launches from the pad and all the way into space.

Media sites:

Space Magnificent - Space Channels
Brings together two dozen video feeds from different NASA servers on the internet. These include NASA TV that can be grabbed with a satellite dish. Others, mostly frame grabbers that display images only updated occasionally, are only on the Internet.
United Space Alliance Streams
The USA company that runs much of the Space Shuttle operations provides this NASA TV feed. It uses Java so no Plug-in required for Java ready browsers. NASA TV Channel

Wallops Rocket Launch Webcasts
NASA Wallops Flight Facility webcasts some of its sounding rocket launches. See the schedules below:

World Space Agency Streams
European Space Broadcasts

More Space Streams: Live & Archived
Artemis Project Webcast
The Artemis lunar project group will provide occasional broadcasts of lunar and space related events.
Boeing Streaming Media
Central page at Boeing from which you can open streamed videos on just about anything Boeing builds including various launchers.

Discovery Online: Space Exploration
Listing of online articles about various space topics that often are in streamed audio. See also the Space Station,.

Earth and Sky RealAudio Reports
The Earth & Sky is a daily radio science series often discussing space exploration.

The Futures Channel
Offers math & science movies and other educational webcasts.

House Subcommittee on Space & Aeronautics
The US House of Representatives special subcommittee on Space & Aeronautics often has interesting hearings ( and not juston NASA funding) but many other areas of Space topics.

Cyber Sci-fi Network
This fledgling internet TV network aims to produce and transmit original Sci-Fi programming over the Internet.

Mars & Beyond is a drama about exploration of space and includes a supporting role for Majel Barrett Rodenberry.

Mike Hodel's Hour 25
"Science Fiction Radio for Southern California since 1972 - Now Available World Wide Over the Internet". Most of the shows are available in the on line archive.

Learning Channels Live Feeds This Ames Research Center LTC project provides this index of RealMedia Video and Audio streams of various space events.

See, for example, the Mars Climate Orbiter Launch in a 20 min streamed RealMedia video of the launch captured from NASA TV that includes spectacular views from a camera on the first stage looking back at earth.

This organization plans to offer "a large news department to bring your stories and information about the world concerning space, science fiction, transhumanism, nanotechnology, alternative energy, and science and technology that is shaping your future."

Will occasionally broadcast majpr space events such as launchings, press conferences, etc.

Spaceflight Now
This site is sponsored by the British Astronomy Now magazine and is providing stream videos, often live, of launches around the world. See their launch schedule.

The Space Show
Weekly radio show, previously known as Business Without Boundaries, now available on line. Dr. David Livingston interviews leading figures in the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism. Archives from weekly show since June 2001.

Can be heard live on KKNW, 1150 AM, Seattle, Washington. Wednesday evenings, 8-9PM PDT. Live internet streaming via News Channel 1150 - Click on "Listen Live" button.

Listen on the internet via

1. Live365 - The Space Show - show of the week
2. News Channel 1150 - Click on "Listen Live" button on
3. Space Show Archives (Windows Media Audio files)

See wOkie's list of online broadcasts, mostly in RealAudio, that concern satellites, TVRO,etc. For example, listen in to Houston Amsat Network - for the latest in Amsat developments.
Wallops Island Sounding Rocket Webcasts
Views from cameras mounted on the rockets, in addition to views of the launch itself, are now broadcast for sounding rocket missions. This Wallops Island site maintains this schedule of launches to be webcast.
Another of the new webcasters that occasionally presents Space related programs.

More Webcasts

Space Webcams

Some sites do not offer streamed video but do provide slow refresh camera shots of NASA video feeds and other space related webcams.

Ambit NASA LIVE Cams And Mission Displays
Ambit provides this nice single page display with up to 12 webcams visible from NASA sites.

Orbital Report's Launch Site Webcam List
Orbital Report maintains this list of space webcams around the world.

Perceptual Robotics Space cams
Perceptual Robotics offers webcams that can actually be controlled by the user. The cameras can, for example be zoom, pan up to 360 degrees or to send full panorams. Their NASA sites change so do a search on NASA with the "Current Category" search tool.

More webcams


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