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Earth

Video Earth, Night Glow, Aurora and Atmosphere (Video) 40

Alex Rivest has created one of the most visually riveting videos we've seen. Alex says, "In looking at the pictures taken from the International Space Station of the earth at night, I find my attention drawn to that thin line separating earth from space: Our atmosphere." He also says, "A good photograph is one that sparks a question." Since this video runs at 30 (really 29.97) frames per second, and it's about 290 seconds long, that's close to 8700 questions. Luckily, Alex has written a blog post that answers most of them. This doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy his work for its sheer beauty. Or that you shouldn't wish Alex well in his attempt to get into NASA's 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class. A fine art photographer who also has a PhD in Neuroscience from MIT... what better qualifications could there possibly be for astronauthood?


There's a higher resolution version of this video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/42909676.
The music is different but it shares the same beauty as the Slashdot version.
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Earth, Night Glow, Aurora and Atmosphere (Video)

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  • by ArmageddonLord (607418) * on Monday July 16, 2012 @08:04AM (#40661705)
    Coincidentally today weather.com has a slideshow of the northern lights [weather.com] from a more terrestrial view.
  • by smoore (25406) on Monday July 16, 2012 @08:08AM (#40661715) Homepage

    Better qualifications would be Test Pilot like they were originally. Part of our problem with risk aversion in the space program is we are sending guys with PhDs up to take snapshots and run experiments for high school kids. Then we tell tourists its too dangerous for them to go up there. Which is it? Safe for a academics or dangerous?

    • test pilot (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      you know there's a crew there, right? Only 2 of them need test pilot qualifications. The rest are researchers who collect data. High school teachers don't collect data and analyze them. More importantly, high school teachers are less likely to fix the experiment if something goes wrong. It's the same reason why we still have pilots when an airplane's electronics can practically fly and land itself. The pilots are there when something goes wrong.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Fluency in Russian.

      In a few years, fluency in Chinese.

    • Today's astronauts need to be (and generally are) scientists rather than (test) pilots. Space missions consist of very little piloting and lots of science, which is exactly how it should be. Test pilots test stuff in order that later on, their experience can be translated into something useful. Like doing scientific experiments.

  • Any chance of a YouTube version of the video?
  • by hamburger lady (218108) on Monday July 16, 2012 @08:14AM (#40661733)

    "A good photograph is one that sparks a question." Since this video runs at 30 (really 29.97) frames per second, and it's about 290 seconds long, that's close to 8700 questions.

    better yet, since a picture is worth a thousand words this video is the longest novel on earth.

    • by kestasjk (933987) *
      The 3000th frame made me ask the question "I wonder if any of my torrents have finished yet?"
  • So where are the b&w nudes?

  • "A fine art photographer who also has a PhD in Neuroscience from MIT... what better qualifications could there possibly be for astronauthood?"

    Flight training.

  • by bmo (77928) on Monday July 16, 2012 @09:30AM (#40662169)

    You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, "Look at that, you son of a bitch."

    â" Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, People magazine, 8 April 1974.

  • by nimbius (983462)

    The music is different but it shares the same beauty as the Slashdot version.

    ...except its divorced from the advertising revenue slashdot has grown so fond of in this new video medium.

  • by misterthirsty (1102101) on Monday July 16, 2012 @10:11AM (#40662481)
    Watching it on mute gives it an eerie and much more realistic experience. The silence is chilling.
  • You heap praise on Alex Rivest's lovely and inspiring video composition, and then you destroy part of it by overlaying the beautiful imagery with the huge and distracting Slashdot logo?

    WTF Slashdot, just WTF.

    Think, occasionally. There's a time and a place for screen logos, and this wasn't it.

  • This video is nice and all, but it's been done before [vimeo.com]; and to be honest I like Jan Jelinek's soundtrack better... :D

  • I had no idea I was on Slashdot.

    But I guess the watermark is important, because the filming couldn't have happened without Slashdot.

  • Is it just me or do the cities at night look like something out of a bacterial culture?

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