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Life In Space, In More Than 12,000 Photos 24

CNET is one of many sources carrying the stunning time-lapse photography of astronaut Alexander Gerst. Gerst assembled into a 6-minute movie 12,500 still images taken by cameras set up to document things like ISS docking procedures, but which ended up capturing quite a bit more: Images of auroras abound in the video below, as do spellbinding shots of humming cities at night, storms and flashes of lightning, all captured as the space station sailed overhead, traveling as fast as 17,000 miles per hour. Also keep an eye out for the eye of a tropical storm, a few fascinating docking and detachment operations with visiting spacecraft, as well as a nice token outward-looking time lapse of the Milky Way.
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Life In Space, In More Than 12,000 Photos

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  • by waferbuster ( 580266 ) on Monday December 29, 2014 @06:16AM (#48688037)
    Ok, so I watched the video twice, enjoying it immensely both times. It shows just how fragile that little slice of atmosphere is which shields us and allows us life. The soundtrack was was appropriate to the visuals, providing a sense of awe. And then, I come back to Slashdot, expecting to see respectful comments. Silly me, being surprised to find a bunch of wankers posting drivel. Come on, the video provides a sense of how humanity has impacted the viewing of our planet (note the nighttime shots which shows population density based on how we illuminate the night sky). How wonderful the aurora is, viewed from an angle few will ever see. Based on the existing comments, I weep for the future of our species. Based on the video, there is still hope.
    • I can't even watch a video this morning because my WISP is shitting itself, you insensitive clod! Since the USA is apparently the third world, and can't manage to maintain its infrastructure, I have nothing to say about the video itself.

      It would be really fucking nice if we would spend half the effort on terrestrial communications in this country that we do on communicating with spacecraft.

      It's time for us to put the screws to the government and make them put the screws to the telecoms, god knows they won't

  • Earth from space is always pretty cool, but there is an abundance of images out there. The Milky Way from space is awesome

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