Take two trips around the Earth – in 15 minutes. Astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA) and ISS commander Alexander Gerst recently captured the longest continuous space space.
The glorious shot travels from Tunisia through Beijing and through Australia on two trips around the planet, showing the passage of Earth from day to night twice. You can also see the station traversing stretches of the ocean and over brightly lit cities. There are also clouds, storms and flashes of lightning storms.
The time-lapse shot is comprised of approximately 21,375 Earth images captured by Gerst from the International Space Station to celebrate ISS 20 years and international collaboration and research. The 15-minute clip was accelerated to 12.5 times faster than the actual speed of the observatory.
A map in the upper right corner of the screen shows the location of the station during the trip.
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