The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2, or IDA2, is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HD Earth Views imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the livestream from the Node 2 camera.
The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8
Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov