Google Street View goes inside the International Space Station

Taking a break from photographing every corner of the Earth, Google has taken its Street View to space.

Users can now take a self-guided tour through the International Space Station (ISS), after astronauts captured the images.

Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut at the European Space Agency, spent six months aboard the ISS and was responsible for caputuring the photographs in zero gravity.

"The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directionsleft, right, up, down," he said. "t's a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day."

The photos let you explore all 15 modules of the maze-like space station. At the time they were taken, a Space X Dragon vehicle was delivering cargo, and is part of the  tour.

Some of the photography  features "explainer" boxes that pop up, the first time Google has added text to its Street View imagery.

The irony is that while there is so much space in space, life on board the ISS looks very claustrophic.