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Video: A Dizzying, Whirly View Of The Earth From Space!

We’ve got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo ship berthings and Earth observations.

In the video you can see a solar array from the space station gliding by the view on the left, and Canadarm2 (the robotic arm used for dockings) just barely visible on the right side, near the end.

Behind the camera is the prolific video poster Reid Wiseman, an Expedition 40/41 NASA astronaut who has been quite active on social media. He’s been posting pictures of the Earth on Twitter as well as numerous other Vine videos.

A screenshot of the Earth and a solar array of the International Space Station outside the Cupola. Credit: Reid Wiseman/Vine

A screenshot of the Earth and a solar array of the International Space Station outside the Cupola. Credit: Reid Wiseman/Vine

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Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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