In the tradition of sharing amazing views of our planet from our orbiting “place in space” here’s yet another incredible video from the International Space Station (ISS):
Looking north as the ISS passed southeast over North America on the night of October 18, this video offers a great perspective of our planet as a globe spinning in space! (Which, of course, it is.)
We also get an awesome view of the aurora borealis, quite a few US cities, some lightning flashing in clouds over the southeastern states… and a bit of airglow as well. What a tour!
Here’s another sequence from the same flyover, showing a southeast-facing view:
Multiple still images taken by the Expedition 29 crew were combined to make these videos.
The International Space Station will mark its 11th anniversary of continuous human occupation on Nov. 2, 2011. As of August 2011 there have been 135 launches to the space station since the launch of the first module, Zarya, on Nov. 20, 1998. The space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field (including the end zones) and weighs 861,804 pounds.
Credit: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. See more images and videos at The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.