The Best ISS Video Ever? You Decide.

by Jason Major on February 27, 2012

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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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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

DrFlimmer February 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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

Winski February 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM

WOW..

Andrew February 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

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

William Nicholls February 28, 2012 at 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.

???????? ???????????? February 28, 2012 at 1:55 AM

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

BramDisqus February 28, 2012 at 3:21 AM

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

Martin Lewicki February 28, 2012 at 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 February 28, 2012 at 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 February 28, 2012 at 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 February 28, 2012 at 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 February 28, 2012 at 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.

Skipdallas1 February 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

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

Skipdallas1 February 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

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

BoltonNissy February 28, 2012 at 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 February 28, 2012 at 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 February 28, 2012 at 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 February 29, 2012 at 1:59 AM

t hat was a very good video, but what i would like to have someone help me with a sight that i can sign up to with my email to send me updates on the comets that are going right now like comet lovejoy &keepme updated with that kind of space news on the comets, iv ben trying to get someone like that for a long time now, thanks for any help..n0qgo3@gmail.com..

Andrea Ghilardi February 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Awesome!

Drew Squires February 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

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

Java Jordan February 29, 2012 at 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 February 29, 2012 at 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 March 1, 2012 at 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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