In what is the first 8K footage from outer space, RED has teamed up with NASA (and the European Space Agency) to deliver the universe’s first 8K footage from outer space. Let’s take a look at this breathtaking 8K footage from the International Space Station and meet the RED Helium camera which is still floating around recording in zero gravity.

8K Footage From Outer Space

The RED Helium 8K was delivered to the ISS back in April and anticipation of celebrating 18 years of humans living continuously aboard the space station here in November.

“This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” said Dylan Mathis, communications manager for the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We're excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.”

In addition to showing off some stunning visuals looking down on earth, the RED Helium 8K was used to record some detailed shots of life aboard the space station. Featuring shots of DNA sequencing, low-speed water jets, space-gardening and several other experiments.

The RED Helium 8K

RED Helium 8K

As we’ve covered on No Film School in the past, the RED Helium 8K is RED’s first 8K Super 35mm sensor and is capable of shooting at resolutions from standard HD up to 8K (at 8192 x 4320 pixels). Which as NASA and RED point out, is more than 4 times more resolution than 4K as the previous highest definition recorded in outer space.

  • 8K Super-35mm CMOS Sensor

  • 8192 x 4320 Recording up to 30 fps

  • 16.5+ stops of dynamic range

  • REDCODE RAW, ProRes, and DNx Recording

  • High-Speed Recording up to 300 fps in 2K

  • 275 MB/s data speeds

  • REDCODE RAW + Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD

  • Interchangeable Lens Mounts

  • Magnesium and Aluminum Construction

Price: $19,500

If you’d like to watch NASA’s video in its original 8K, NASA has made it available for download (but watch out, it’s over 3GBs!)