Amazing Time-lapse Flight Over Earth from the Space Station

This now viral video released in the last few days has been stunning viewers worldwide. It was created using multiple time-lapse sequences of photographs captured with a special low-light 4K-camera by the astronaut crew of expedition 28 & 29 on-board the International Space Station from August to October, 2011. Take a moment and enjoy:

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

  1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
  2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
  3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
  4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
  5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
  6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
  7. Halfway around the World
  8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
  9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
  10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
  11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
  12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
  13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
  14. Views of the Mideast at Night
  15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
  16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
  17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
  18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

Equipment Used (About 4k Cameras):

Many reader’s have been inquiring about which 4k camera was used to capture this footage, but unfortunately that information has not been released. It is rumored that they used a custom designed camera (proprietary technology) to excel in low light conditions like this. 4K refers in general to a resolution of approx 4096 X 2160 and is a coming standard for high end video cameras and possibly new DSLR’s. Compare that to HD resolution of 1920 X 1080. 4K is a step up from 2K in terms of scanning motion pictures shot on film (the few that still are shot on film.) Higher resolution scans mean better imagery, but also require more storage.

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One response to “Amazing Time-lapse Flight Over Earth from the Space Station”

  1. Joe says:

    Beautifull work! Not everyone gets a chance to do this!

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