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The Best ISS Video Ever? You Decide.

27 Feb , 2012 by


Is this the best video footage ever of photos taken from the International Space Station? ISS astronaut and Expedition 29 commander Mike Fossum seems to think so.

If anyone would know what a good ISS video is, he would! So watch, and decide for yourself.

Video uploaded by YouTube user bitmeizer. Made from sequences of still photographs taken by Expedition 29 crew members, the time-lapse videos have been digitally smoothed out and a soundtrack added, along with some transition effects.

Original video segments courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. See more at the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

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DrFlimmer
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DrFlimmer
February 27, 2012 10:08 PM

Now, THAT is gorgeous! Fantastic footage, fantastic music. Awesome!

Winski
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Winski
February 27, 2012 11:08 PM

WOW..

Andrew
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Andrew
February 27, 2012 11:12 PM

ummm, that’s a montage. I’m not sure if that counts as a single video.

William Nicholls
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William Nicholls
February 28, 2012 12:20 AM

Beautiful but horrifying. Most of those lights seen from space represent carbon-fueled fires that feed electric transmission. Those fires are constantly burning and the lights only represent a fraction of the perpetual fire our species keeps lit every second of every day.

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February 28, 2012 1:55 AM

Thank you very much astronauts on the ISS for still reminding us that life and the cosmos are beautiful!

BramDisqus
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BramDisqus
February 28, 2012 3:21 AM

Awesome. For me the best part is seeing the stars, you could actually see Orion go by at 1:30.

martinlewicki
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martinlewicki
February 28, 2012 4:12 AM

The stars in the video are awesome – not so the growing energy-wasting uplight, light emanating from the growing populations below. This light is gradually destroying the visibility of the stars from the ground and systematically eliminating night so that we may never be able to get away to to see the splendour of the night sky.

I recall an old Movietone newsreel with a father with his arm over the shoulders of his young son looking over a sprawling city peppered with countless smoke stacks belching pollutants into the atmosphere and extolling to the young lad what a wonderful awesome sight this was of our advancing civilisation. Sounds just like the aphorisms extolled in the posts here!

cenozoic
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cenozoic
February 28, 2012 4:05 PM

Agreed, Martin.
Auroral displays? Spectacular.
Thunderstorms and sunrises? Amazing.
Glare of manmade lights? Sickening, if you actually stop to think about the real-world implications, or the absurd reasons for it.

Raghunandan Singh
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February 28, 2012 4:46 AM

fantastic view for present generation and i am sure future generations will not be able to view earth from space because of pollution blocking light from space . 99 percent of population on earth is not at all aware of what problems they are creating for future generations by causing distruction of earth atmosphere.Any way congrats for beautifull photography from space.

Gadi Eidelheit
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Gadi Eidelheit
February 28, 2012 7:08 AM

Wow! I liked the flight over the Mediterranean see, seeing Italy, Greece Cyprus and Israel, and the Delata of the Nile at about 1:10.

HeadAroundU
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HeadAroundU
February 28, 2012 3:49 PM

Yeah, it’s obviously the best from those time-lapse videos.

We actually have a real time video from ISS when they did Gagarin simulation movie.

skipdallas
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skipdallas
February 28, 2012 5:27 PM

I especially liked the aurora. Overall this compilation is the best I have seen. Amazing.

skipdallas
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skipdallas
February 28, 2012 5:27 PM

I especially liked the aurora. Overall this compilation is the best I have seen. Amazing.

BoltonNissy
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BoltonNissy
February 28, 2012 8:47 PM

Truly spectacular, especially the aurora was magical. Struggled to identify the locations, some discrete labels would have helped me. Would love also to know details of the music if anyone can advise?

squidgeny
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squidgeny
February 28, 2012 9:35 PM

The music is “Two Steps From Hell” by “Freedom Fighters” – probably most notable for its use in a trailer for the latest Star Trek movie.

Robert Karma
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Robert Karma
February 28, 2012 9:52 PM

My only question is where was the USS Enterprise? I kept waiting for the Big E to join the ISS on orbit. The desire to explore space is in our species’ DNA. Who knows what fantastic discoveries are waiting for humanity to find just in our solar system. We should be boldly going into space yet here we are stuck in the cradle too occupied with our internecine bickering to do the right thing to secure our future. Sigh.

n0qgo
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n0qgo
February 29, 2012 1:59 AM
AndreaG
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AndreaG
February 29, 2012 12:43 PM

Awesome!

Drew Squires
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February 29, 2012 9:01 PM

Just a fantastic video, well done Mike ! cheers Andrew ex NASA Carnarvon

Java Jordan
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February 29, 2012 10:40 PM

qu’est ce qui est passé au dessus de la France ce soir à 20 heures,très gros ,grande vitesse, bruyant ,très lumineux, direction nord sud,
a mis environ 5 minutes pour aller du nord au sud en suivant sa course autour de la terre moteurs allumés et très visibles???

Java Jordan
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February 29, 2012 10:40 PM

qu’est ce qui est passé au dessus de la France ce soir à 20 heures,très gros ,grande vitesse, bruyant ,très lumineux, direction nord sud,
a mis environ 5 minutes pour aller du nord au sud en suivant sa course autour de la terre moteurs allumés et très visibles???

Uliana Tchervova
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Uliana Tchervova
March 1, 2012 2:09 PM

wow!!!!!!!!! that was the most beautiful video i’ve seen in my life! except for the man made lights. ick.

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