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"We catch a glimpse of a huge swirl of clouds out the window over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or the boot of Italy jutting down into the Mediterranean, or the brilliant blue coral reefs of the Caribbean strutting their beauty before the stars. And...we experienced those uniquely human qualities: awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement." (Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo Astronaut ("The Home Planet")






Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station
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Crew Earth Observations Videos

This clickable map organizes all of the existing time-lapse sequences into geographical regions. These videos are organized to both aid in searching for a desired area of the Earth, and to break down the volume of the existing time-lapse sequences. Each region below is separated by different colors, as well as links below the clickable map to the "Aurora Borealis and Australis" and "Special Videos". The newest release of time-lapse sequences will be posted near the bottom of this main page.

Due to a very active crew schedule, the current crew has been unable to take time-lapse photography. For the time being, any updates to this video site will be from past crew increments until the current crew is able to resume in this extracurricular activity.


PLEASE NOTE: Some of these sequences of still frames were taken at the rate of one frame per second, therefore the slower speed of the video represents a closer resemblance to the true speed of the International Space Station than previous videos. These videos will be identified with a * in the title.


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Special Links

Aurora Borealis and Australis

Special videos

Google Earth/YouTube video tour of "Up the East Coast of North America"

Google Earth/YouTube video tour of "Mexico to New Brunswick"

Crew Earth Observations Videos - New Releases

Title Video links

Bangkok to North Pacific

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 38 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 30, 2014 from 13:07:04 to 13:31:39 GMT, on a pass from northeastern Malaysia to the North Pacific Ocean, just south of the Aleutian Islands. This video starts looking northeast toward Bangkok at night and continues to travel northeast toward Hong Kong, then continues toward the Korean Peninsula and Beijing area. Just before the video passes over the black of the Pacific Ocean, the Kamchatka Peninsula can be faintly seen, with few city lights and snow-covered. The video ends looking north/northeast toward the Aleutian Islands.


NEW- Click here for an annotated version of this video, which explains the geography throughout the time-lapse video.

Compiled from frames ISS038-E-37941 to ISS038-E-38914

Date posted: 2014/02/10
Bangkok to North Pacific
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Moon Glow over North Pacific

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 38 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 30, 2014 from 13:34:12 to 13:38:48 GMT, on a pass over the Pacific Ocean, from just south of Alaska to west of California. This video primarily focuses on the glow of the Moon as the crew travels east into the sunrise. The glow on either side of the Moon as the video progresses is lens flare.

Compiled from frames ISS038-E-39279 to ISS038-E-39463

Date posted: 2014/02/10

Moon Glow over North Pacific
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Our Planet through the Cupola

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on March 11, 2012 from 13:47:03 to 14:20:28 GMT, on a pass from the Indian Ocean, southwest of Australia, to the Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and South America. This video showcases the entire globe through use of a very short lens inside of the Cupola. These types of views of our planet show the limb of the Earth wrapping around, as well as the extent of the aurora.

Compiled from frames ISS030-E-136790 to ISS030-E-138155

Date posted: 2014/02/10

Our Planet through the Cupola
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Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 25, 2012 from 14:03:20 to 14:08:33 GMT, on a pass over the North Pacific Ocean, from south of the Aleutian Islands to southeast of Alaska, west of British Columbia. This video focuses on the Aurora Borealis and the limb of the Earth as the ISS travels across the North Pacific Ocean.

Compiled from frames ISS030-E-53015 to ISS030-E-53328

Date posted: 2014/02/10

Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean
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Across the Eastern United States and Quebec

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 29, 2012 from 07:11:21 to 07:20:44 GMT, on a pass from western Texas to southeastern Quebec. This video is taken as the ISS travels northeast over the United States and eastern Canada, with the camera pointed toward the north and west. The video starts by looking toward Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Continuing on the pass, the cities of Denver and smaller cities in the central Great Plains are visible. The last large city before the end of the video is Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Compiled from frames ISS030-E-56393 to ISS030-E-56956

Date posted: 2014/02/10

Across the Eastern United States and Quebec
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ISS in Constant Sunlight

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 6, 2013 from 11:53:05 to 13:32:53 GMT, on a pass from eastern English Channel, just east of London, making one complete orbit to the Adriatic Sea, east of Pascara. This video primarily features the ISS in constant sunlight, with the sun never setting below the horizon during the crew's 90 minute trip around the Earth. The sun looks to be making a circle above the horizon. This can occur when the ISS has orbit tracks that ride along the terminator line (the visible line from space that separates daylight and night).

Compiled from frames ISS034-E-22470 to ISS034-E-23468

Date posted: 2013/01/23

ISS in Constant Sunlight
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From Night to Day to Night Again

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 3, 2013 from 11:43:46 to 15:49:31 GMT, on a pass from northwestern Australia, making two complete orbits to eastern Quebec, near the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This fast-paced video features the ISS completing two and a half orbits around the Earth, crossing the terminator line several times in the process. The video begins as the ISS is in darkness, and as the moon rises on the left side of the video, the ISS begins to pass over into daylight. Clouds mostly obscure the view during this first daylight pass with the exception of the Caucasus and Elburz Mountains just before the terminator. The ISS slips back into night as the moon again rises in the left side of the video. As the Station flies back into daylight, the ISS flies over Central America, the Caribbean Sea, and Cuba and Florida before flying over the northern Atlantic Ocean. Most of Western Europe is under cloud, and the first land that can be seen is the Alps Mountains and Croatia. The ISS then passes over the terminator line again into darkness as the moon rises in the left side of the video. As the ISS passes back over into daylight, clouds obscure most of the Earth until near the end of the video, when it passes over the Baja Peninsula and the southwestern United States.

Compiled from frames ISS034-E-16709 to ISS034-E-18545

Date posted: 2013/01/23

From Night to Day to Night Again
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One Trip around the World

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on December 29, 2012 from 16:37:28 to 18:17:16 GMT, on a pass from the Gulf of Mexico, just east of Brownsville, Texas, to the northern United States, near the border of Iowa and Minnesota. This fast-paced video features one complete orbit around the Earth from the ISS. The ISS passes over the terminator line, and soon after the moon can be seen circling around the top of the video. The ISS then passes over the terminator line again into daylight as the moon sets on the horizon.

Compiled from frames ISS034-E-12667 to ISS034-E-13665

Date posted: 2013/01/23

One Trip around the World
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Earth Day 2012 - Narrated Videos
These existing videos have been recreated with narration from one of our Crew Earth Observations scientists. These narrated videos are meant to provide you with geographical and scientific information to accompany our time-lapse sequences.

Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
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Up the East Coast of North America*
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Progress 42P Re-Entering Earth's Atmosphere
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Moonset over the Atlantic Ocean
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Western Europe to the Arabian Peninsula
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Mexico to New Brunswick*
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