Tv bosses in the U.K. are giving viewers the chance to experience a 'lap' of the Earth from outer space in a groundbreaking live broadcast.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will broadcast their views of the planet in high-definition on Britain's Channel 4 network during a 90-minute extraterrestrial trip around the globe later this year (14).

The pioneering live two-hour show, titled Live from Space: Lap of the Planet, will feature on-the-spot commentary from two astronauts aboard the station 250 miles (402 kilometres) above the planet, footage from NASA's Mission Control centre in Houston, Texas, and an interview with Professor Stephen Hawking.

The show will be broadcast in March (14) as part of Channel 4's Live From Space season.