A one-minute time lapse video showing what Earth looks like from the International Space Station has been released revealing an amazing view of the planet from space.
Science educator James Drake created the video of the ISS circling the globe, which was made by combining 600 photos that are available via the Johnson Space Center's Gateway to Astronomy Photograph of Earth, an online repository of photographs taken by astronauts.
The video commenced with the ISS over the Pacific Ocean, and shows its path as it continues over North and South America before finally entering daylight near Antarctica.
Drake says in his video description: “Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico, Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.”
Recently NASA passed over the management of U.S. science research on the ISS to the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).
NASA will pay the non-profit group up to $15 million a year to handle science affairs on the American parts of the ISS.
Watch the video below: