Amazon Web Services (AWS) is participating in a really cool event this week. On Wednesday April 26, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will take part in a panel on the role of advanced imaging and cloud technologies in scientific research and filmmaking.
Peggy Whitson is the commander of the International Space Station (ISS), and just broke the record for the most time in space. She’ll be joining the panel from the ISS, via the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from that location. You can watch the live stream here.
The high quality of the live stream is made possible by an encoder from AWS Elemental Media Services, which was delivered to the ISS by a Japanese cargo craft last December. The crew integrated it into the UHD-ready cameras that were already aboard the station.
The really empowering piece of the public cloud innovation story is that the cloud is so accessible, even individuals and the smallest organizations can use it. For example, this computer programmer used Amazon Polly and Raspberry Pi to build assistive technology for his son. This is an amazing story: