It's like standing on the launch pad.
For the first time, space enthusiasts will be able to watch a 360-degree livestream of a NASA rocket launch.
The Atlas V will launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, April 18 at around 11 a.m. ET. NASA is teaming up with United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK to broadcast the launch on their YouTube channel, beginning 10 minutes prior to liftoff at 11:11 a.m. ET.
Those who tune in will be able to tilt and pan to get a full view of Space Launch Complex 41. The livestream will also be offered for virtual reality, offering the perspective of standing on the launch pad.
The rocket will be carrying more than 7,600 pounds of scientific research materials, crew supplies, and hardware.
“Recognizing the exciting possibilities opened by applying this new technology to spaceflight, NASA, ULA, and Orbital ATK seized this opportunity to virtually place the public at the base of the rocket during launch,” NASA said in a statement.
According to NASA, the typical minimum viewing distance tends to be miles away from the launch pad, but the livestream gives viewers a virtual front row seat.