Space is indeed the last frontier. Seeing human beings arriving and living in outer space seems surreal for the rest of us, who have only touched Earth.
A German astronaut on the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst, has brought an incredible high resolution time-lapse video of our planet and space, made out of 12,000 breathtaking images back for the whole Earth to see.
The International Space Station (ISS) was launched in 1998, and it is an artificial satellite/space station located in Earth’s lower orbit. Since its launch it has been used by worldwide astronomers and scientists to conduct research on Earth and the universe. The International Space Station, is orbiting around Earth at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour.
The German astronaut and geophysicist, lived on ISS for 166 days, from May 2014 to November 2014. During his stay on the space station, he collected up to 12,000 images of the outer space and Earth. The 4k quality power images, were taken with the cameras on the station. He used those images to create a time lapse video, portraying the work of the space station and the astonishing daily changes of Earth and its atmosphere.
“Seen from a distance, our planet is just a blue dot, a fragile spaceship for humankind. We need to understand the universe we live in to protect our home,” added Gerst.
Even thoughts this isn’t the first time astronauts have captured images of the outer space, these pictures are spectacular, and provide meaningful information and rare snaps of space and Earth.
The images, taken from different angles and different time periods, show one of a kind snaps of life on Earth: aurora borealis, lightnings, lights of the cities at night, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, shots of the Milky Way and the thin layer of atmosphere which keeps us safe from the dangerous cosmic rays. The six minute video also captures the space station while operating. We can see the robotic arms of the space station in action while handling SpaceX Dragon Capsule, and also the movement and technics of the solar panels and an Orbital Science Cygnus capsule leaving the space station.
The german astronaut returned to Earth on the 10th of November, together with the rest of the crew.Image Source: Blog.Lindau-Nobel