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Video by astronauts aboard the ISS shows breathtaking views of Earth

See the Northern Lights, lightning storms, and more in this NASA video of the Earth taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

TechRepublic contributor Gina Smith posted in her blog on the A New Domain site a four-minute NASA video that features time-lapsed views of Earth taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Gina included this description by Space.com of the video:

The four-minute video combines several sequences of time-lapse imagery snapped recently by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. It takes viewers around the world, above dramatic lightning storms and through dazzling displays of the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. One such light show over the United States and Canada features prominently near the beginning of the video. The boundary between Earth and space appears to be aflame as the flickering green lights dance and roll over great swaths of the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the related Space. com article, the images were taken by NASA astronauts Dan Burbank and Don Pettit and European spaceflyer Andre Kuipers.

Watch the video, and then tell us what you think of it in the comments.

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10 comments
jpnagle59
jpnagle59

Such unbridled beauty...I was waiting to fall to 'Earth' watching it...felt like I was flying some what...I too wish I had a ticket to this most amazing ride...watching these films help me to understand what so very few have seen...I grew up in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo days, listened to the astronauts describe the sights they saw, but these films bring me a little closer to seeing a small piece what they have seen...God is great...

sandlwall
sandlwall

There are no earthly words that can adequately describe such beauty.

pgit
pgit

I don't know why, but watching this creeped me out. Might be the music, but even with the volume down I still feel odd watching this. I'm generally not a fan of time lapse, either. The unnaturalness of it gets in the way of absorbing whatever the subject is. I have a bit more of a reference for understanding the view from the ISS than most people; I was a pilot for 18 years. From the altitudes I operated at you could see from Detroit to Syracuse New York, but those two points would barely be a sliver on the horizon. Contrast that with the view of Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Buffalo and Minneapolis in the west, all in one eye shot.. stunning. BTW the curvature of the earth is exaggerated in the video, it was shot with a wide angle ("fish eye") lens. It doesn't look that 'round' from the altitude of the ISS. It fills up a much wider field of view than suggested by the vid.

tmotawfiq
tmotawfiq

This shows how beatifull and peaceful earth can and should be, but.........

glory.jampetero
glory.jampetero

Absolutely Gorgeous! My tax dollars are well spent on items like this. Fed Employee

Regulus
Regulus

Go to http://www.space.com/15518-earth-beauty-space-station-video.html to see a recordable version. (Assuming you couldn't record this one and wanted to....) All of those 'city lights' are what astronomers call light pollution (not the opposite of heavy pollution). Another of the many reasons that you really can't see many stars in the sky and why remote mountain top and the Hubble observatory are so necessary. All of those 'city lights' that you can see are wasted energy. It is pointed up into the sky and not to the ground where it can be used. Thank you for this article and video.

maj37
maj37

Can I third the opinion, and add a fourth for my wife that watched it with me.

l_e_cox
l_e_cox

From space, the protective layer around earth seems thin. I get a sense of vulnerability, like we are a child-planet, not yet wise enough to know that we should be protecting ourselves better.

Galdang
Galdang

i'll second the above, what astonishing footage this is.

mckinnej
mckinnej

I wish I was rich enough to buy a ticket to see this in person. Amazing!

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