Time-lapse video shows stunning view of Earth from the ISS

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The International Space Station has a great view of Earth, and offers a unique opportunity to document both good and bad events on our fair planet. In this video, science educator James Drake created a new perspective on Earth, as seen from the ISS.

Drake downloaded a series of 600 photographs from NASA's Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth website (which contained 637,572 photos taken from the ISS, as of September 1, 2011), and then turned the photos into a time-lapse video. Beginning over the Pacific Ocean, you can see the lights of cities including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and others as the ISS moves over North and South America and heads toward daylight near Antarctica.

You can see this video and an impressive collection of other beautiful space-related images at James Drake's Tumblr blog.

[via Universe Today]

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Article by Katherine Gray

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