Video: Space Station Reaches Warp Speed?

by Nancy Atkinson on October 16, 2012

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The International Space Station appears to go to warp speed — a la Star Trek, Star Wars and almost every other space flick — in this new video created by Christoph Malin, who “stacked” image sequences that the ISS crew at International Space Station have been taking lately. These are the images that have been used to create the great timelapse videos, that provide a sense of what it is like to fly over the Earth on the space station. But this one is different, and as Malin says, “Stacks make interesting patterns visible, for example lightning corridors within clouds. One can also sometimes recognize satellite tracks and meteors – patterns that are not amongst the main star trails.”

Also visible is the Moon disappearing into the atmosphere and views from the ISS Cupola — gorgeous!

The ISS “Stacks” from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.

Via the Bad Astronomer

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

DarkGnat October 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Ludicrous Speed is better.

Bill Schlosser October 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Looks like the end scene in 2001: Space Odyssey

bugzzz October 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Trippy & beautiful, especially at 1:49. Reminds me of the end of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Don’t forget to be amazed by beauty.

Christoph Malin October 17, 2012 at 3:37 AM

thanks Nancy for the nice post!

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