There were cheers and the clinking of champagne glasses when two Canadian space cameras blasted off for the International Space Station on Monday aboard an unmanned Russian spacecraft.
The cameras -- one shoots photos, the other streams video -- are expected to begin transmitting high-definition images of the Earth on the Internet early next year.
The cameras, developed by Vancouver's UrtheCast Corp., were part of the three tons of food, fuel and supplies that will be delivered to the space station in about four days.
The Russian Progress supply ship, which will make the deliveries, took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The cameras will be installed on the Zvezda service module, the Russian segment of the space station, during two spacewalks in mid-December.
UrtheCast president Wade Larson, who was in Kazakhstan, told a launch party at Vancouver's Telus World of Science the blast-off was "absolutely extraordinary."
"It lit up like daylight and you can feel the vibrations in your gut," he said.
-- The Canadian Press