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3D Vid The European Space Agency (ESA) is chuffed as ninepence to release the first ever 3D video shot in space. The vid, which can be viewed in all its glory using a 3D TV or conventional red/blue stereo specs, was shot by NASA astronaut Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station using a futuristic shoebox-sized camera developed by the ESA.

As the vid was beamed down from the ISS earlier this month, ground controllers in Holland revelled in the immersive orbital imagery. Massimo Sabbatini, the ESA boffinry chief behind the Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB-2) used by Garan, hopes to see the kit used outside the station soon.

"The camera could also be used in the future outside the ISS to support the astronauts' spacewalks or other critical robotic operations. This really felt like being in space with an astronaut by your side," he says.

"If you already have a new generation 3D-enabled plasma TV at home, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the world of the Space Station without leaving your sofa. These videos will turn more people into real space fans," adds Sabbatini. ®

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