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Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

Crew Earth Observations Videos - Western Europe

The following videos have been created by the Crew Earth Observations team at Johnson Space Center from a series of still images taken onboard the International Space Station. Newly added videos occur toward the top of the page.

Please see our terms of use for these time lapse sequences and astronaut photography for more information on use and distribution of these .mov files.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of these sequences of 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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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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Over the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 34 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on January 5, 2013 from 15:54:21 to 16:21:17 GMT, on a pass from the north Atlantic Ocean, west of the Iberian Peninsula, to the southern Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar. This video begins looking southeast toward the Iberian Peninsula. As the ISS continues southeast toward Africa, the Strait of Gibraltar can be seen separating the Iberian Peninsula and the clay-colored northern Africa. The pass then continues over the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, as the terminator line slowly appears from the left side of the video. Cloud shadows, known as crepuscular rays, are seen on the daylight side of the terminator. The video ends as the ISS travels into darkness.


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

Compiled from frames ISS034-E-20414 to ISS034-E-21222

Date posted: 2013/01/23
Over the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa
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From Western Europe to Western Africa*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from May 22, 2012 from 11:06:04 to 11:16:05 GMT, on a pass the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Portugal, to northern Cameroon. This video begins as the ISS is flying over the North Atlantic Ocean, looking east towards the Iberian Peninsula and the Strait of Gibraltar. As the ISS continues southeast towards Africa, the rust-colored sand dunes of the Sahara are seen as a solar panel is seen at the top of the screen. The pass ends as the ISS travels over the separating line between desert and tropical area.


Compiled from frames ISS031-E-61101 to ISS031-E-61702

Date posted: 2012/08/29
High Definition video of From Western Europe to Western Africa
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Western Europe and Arabian Peninsula at Dawn*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken from May 27, 2012 from 06:32:41 to 06:49:19 GMT, on a pass from the Celtic Sea, south of Ireland, to northeastern Ethiopia. This video begins looking southeast over France and Germany in Western Europe as the ISS passes southeast towards the Alps Mountains and the Italian Peninsula and the Adriatic Sea, then further southeast over the Balkan Peninsula. The pass continues over the Mediterranean Sea and over the Arabian Peninsula, and ends looking out over the Arabian Sea.


Compiled from frames ISS031-E-93461 to ISS031-E-94459

Date posted: 2012/07/20
High Definition video of Western Europe and Arabian Peninsula at Dawn
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From Tyrrhenian Sea to Libya*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken May 13, 2012 from 14:26:58 to 14:43:30 GMT, on a pass from the Tyrrhenian Sea, east of Spain, to central Libya. This short video begins looking east over the Mediterranean Sea at northern Africa and Sardinia and Corsica. As the ISS travels southeast, the clay color of the Libyan Desert contrasts the blue of the Mediterranean Sea before the pass ends overlooking the sand dunes of the desert.


Compiled from frames ISS031-E-43350 to ISS031-E-43589

Date posted: 2012/07/09
High Definition video of From Tyrrhenian Sea to Libya
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From Ireland to Somalia*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken May 14, 2012 from 11:52:53 to 12:09:28 GMT, on a pass from the Celtic Sea, south of Ireland, to northern Somalia. This video begins by looking southeast to northwestern Europe. As the ISS travels southeast over France, Germany, and other Western European countries, the Alps Mountains can be seen with snow cover on them. Continuing southeast over the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile River delta can be seen before traveling over the Arabian Peninsula. The pass ends over the southern Arabian Peninsula, looking over the Arabian Sea.


Compiled from frames ISS031-E-42296 to ISS031-E-43291

Date posted: 2012/07/09
High Definition video of From Ireland to Somalia
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From Atlantic Ocean to Kazakhstan*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken May 14, 2012 from 21:12:29 to 21:21:35 GMT, on a pass from the South Atlantic Ocean, south of Liberia, to northern Kazakhstan. This video shows the view out of all the windows in the Cupola, and begins by looking over the Atlantic Ocean. The ISS travels east towards Africa, with the clay-colored sands of the Sahara Desert. As the ISS crosses over Africa and then over the Mediterranean Sea, the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula stands out before traveling over Eastern Europe.


Compiled from frames ISS031-E-25235 to ISS031-E-26560

Date posted: 2012/06/14
High Definition video of From Atlantic Ocean to Kazakhstan
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From Atlantic Ocean to Poland*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 2, 2012 from 23:24:41 to 23:32:32 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Morocco, to southeastern Poland. This video begins looking behind the ISS at the Canary Islands and the North Atlantic Ocean. As the pass continues northeast, the lights of the Iberian Peninsula are seen through the clouds, where the cities of Lisbon and Madrid stand out well. The ISS continues northeast over France, where the city of Paris can be seen in the far right of the video. The video ends overlooking Germany, France, and other Western European countries.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-205393 to ISS030-E-205964

Date posted: 2012/05/30
High Definition video of From Atlantic Ocean to Poland
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Western Europe to Sudan*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 13, 2012 from 01:17:16 to 01:32:02 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, just west of the Celtic Sea, to eastern Sudan. This video begins looking ENE towards Ireland and the United Kingdom, along with the Aurora Borealis to the far north. As the pass continues southeast over Western Europe, the cities of Paris, London, and Rotterdam can be easily seen as bright city lights. The ISS then travels passed the Italian Peninsula under heavy cloud, making the larger cities of Rome and Naples blurry. The video ends over northern Africa, looking east towards the brightly-lit Nile River Delta.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-247968 to ISS030-E-248813

Date posted: 2012/05/30
High Definition video of Western Europe to Sudan
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European City Lights*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 14, 2012 from 00:22:19 to 00:38:34 GMT, on a pass from the Celtic Sea, just south of Ireland, to eastern Ethiopia. This video begins looking ENE over Ireland and the United Kingdom, with the Aurora Borealis faintly shining to the north. Continuing southeast over the English Channel, the bright lights of Paris and other cities can be seen. The pass continues over the eastern half of the Italian Peninsula and overlooks the Balkan Peninsula under heavy cloud before traversing over the dark Mediterranean Sea. The pass ends as the ISS continues southeast over the Red Sea, where the bright lights of Jeddah stand out.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-255727 to ISS030-E-256712

Date posted: 2012/05/30
High Definition video of European City Lights
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Aurora Borealis over Europe*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken April 5, 2012 from 00:44:21 to 00:50:07 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Celtic Sea, to western Poland. This video was taken as the camera looked north towards the Aurora Borealis and the United Kingdom and Ireland. Once the ISS passes over the North Sea, the countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland can be seen, which are rarely able to be photographed from the ISS.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-213639 to ISS030-E-213985

Date posted: 2012/05/16
High Definition video of Aurora Borealis over Europe
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Aurora Borealis over Western Europe

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 28, 2012 from 01:52:41 to 02:02:57 GMT, on a pass from the Atlantic Ocean, just west of Africa, to southern Czech Republic. The first lights seen are those of the island of Madeira, off the northwestern coast of Africa. The pass continues northeast to the Iberian Peninsula, where the lights of Portual and Spain are seen before continuing into France and Germany. The city lights of Paris, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam are seen as the aurora lights up the sky.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-185371 to ISS030-E-185679

Date posted: 2012/05/16
High Definition video of Aurora Borealis over Western Europe
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Over Spain at Night

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 28, 2012 from 01:52:24 to 01:59:22 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Western Sahara, to northeastern Spain, near the Pyrenees. This video begins over the dark Atlantic Ocean, looking northeast at the Canary Islands. The pass continues northeast near the Strait of Gibraltar and the Iberian Peninsula, where Madrid stands out brightly in the middle of the peninsula. The video ends looking over southern France and the Balearic Islands.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-192014 to ISS030-E-192223

Date posted: 2012/04/27
High Definition video of Over Spain at Night
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Spain to Germany at Night*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 30, 2012 from 01:37:25 to 01:43:28 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Portugal, to southern Germany. This video begins as the International Space Station travels northeast towards the Iberian Peninsula. The cities of Lisbon (near the dark coastline) and Madrid (near the center of the peninsula) can be seen well. The pass continues northeast over southern France, where Paris shines brightly near the left side of the video. The Italian Peninsula can be seen off to the right in the video as the pass ends over southern Germany and Austria.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-193718 to ISS030-E-193963

Date posted: 2012/04/27
High Definition video of Spain to Germany at Night
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Algeria to Bulgaria at Night*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 28, 2012 from 00:23:04 to 00:27:08 GMT, on a pass from northeast Algeria, near the border of Tunisia, to western Bulgaria, near Sofia. This video begins as the International Space Station travels northeast over north-central Africa. The ISS flies over Tunisia before continuing over Sicily and the Boot of Italy. The pass ends as the ISS flies over the northern Balkan Peninsula.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-194760 to ISS030-E-195004

Date posted: 2012/04/27
High Definition video of Algeria to Bulgaria at Night
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ISS over the Atlantic Ocean towards Russia*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 17, 2012 from 07:35:45 to 07:52:36 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of the Iberian Peninsula, to northern Kazakhstan. This video begins over the Atlantic Ocean, as the camera faces the Cupola and Earth. The Cupola can be seen with the top hatch open near the bottom of the video. Most of the view of Earth is obscured by clouds or snow, but some land is able to be distinguished through these obstructions.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-160120 to ISS030-E-161119

Date posted: 2012/04/23
High Definition video of ISS over the Atlantic Ocean towards Russia
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Western Africa to Croatia at Night*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken February 4, 2012 from 21:39:49 to 21:46:32 GMT, on a pass from western Algeria to southeastern Croatia along the Adriatic Sea. This video begins looking north from northwestern Africa towards the Strait of Gibraltar and the Iberian Peninsula. In the middle of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid, the capital and largest city of Spain, stands out brightly. As the pass continues northeast over the Mediterranean Sea, the coastline of France along with the Balearic Islands is seen. As the ISS continues to travel northeast, the northern half of Italy is seen under clouds before the pass ends over Croatia.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-176331 to ISS030-E-176734

Date posted: 2012/04/23
High Definition video of Western Africa to Croatia at Night
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ISS from Atlantic Ocean to Ukraine*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 10, 2012 from 07:42:00 to 07:59:44 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Liberia, to central Ukraine, north of the Black Sea. This video begins as the ISS heads over the terminator line, separating night and day on the Earth. As the pass continues over land, there is quite a bit of haze blocking the view of land, until the ISS continues over the clay-colored sands of northern Africa. The pass ends as the ISS is looking back at the Balkan Peninsula under heavy cloud.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-138408 to ISS030-E-139386

Date posted: 2012/04/09
High Definition video of ISS from Atlantic Ocean to Ukraine
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Atlantic Ocean East to New Zealand*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken March 10, 2012 from 07:42:00 to 08:39:50 GMT, on a pass from the Atlantic Ocean, west of Guinea in western Africa, to northern New Zealand. This video was taken as the crew faced the camera back at the Soyuz and down at the Earth, and represents around half of one orbit track. The video begins as the ISS crosses over the terminator line, which is the line separating day and night time. The first bit of land seen is that of northwestern Africa, where we can see the rusty colors of the Sahara Desert, including the dunes in the sand that look like ripples. Continuing northeast, the ISS passes over the southern half of Italy, which is over heavy cloud, and then on to the Balkan Peninsula (also under cloud). There is a brief jump in the video where the crew stopped acquiring imagery for approximately 20 minutes, and then resumed over the Philippine Sea. The video ends as the ISS is traveling southeast to the east of Australia.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-138408 to ISS030-E-140349

Date posted: 2012/03/21
High Definition video of Atlantic Ocean East to New Zealand
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Across the Mediterranean at Night*

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 24, 2012 from 02:33:37 to 02:39:34 GMT, on a pass from northwestern Africa to the western coast of Italy. This video begins over the northwestern coast of Africa, looking northeast towards the Iberian Peninsula. The ISS continues to travel northeast with the Strait of Gibraltar to the west and the Mediterranean Sea below and to the east. The Canadian robotic arm blocks some of the view of Earth from the Cupola during this video. As the pass continues northeast, the Aurora Borealis can be seen far north from the ISS. The pass ends near Italy, where a few large cities, such as Milan and Rome, can be seen.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-71438 to ISS030-E-71795

Date posted: 2012/02/22
High Definition video of Across the Mediterranean at Night
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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 February 2, 2012 from 05:15:04 to 05:19:01 GMT, on a pass over the North Atlantic Ocean, from east of Newfoundland and Labrador to just west of Ireland and the Celtic Sea. In this video, the camera is looking due north towards the North Pole as the ISS flies over the North Atlantic Ocean. The half circle of the Aurora Borealis can be seen very well in this video, as it circles around the North Pole with beautiful colors.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-63325 to ISS030-E-63562

Date posted: 2012/02/16
High Definition video of Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean
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Western Africa to Northern Kazakhstan

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 31, 2011 from 12:22:38 to 12:39:58 GMT, on a pass from northwest Africa, near Western Sahara, to northern Kazakhstan. The pass begins looking back from the ISS along the northwestern coast of Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. As the ISS tracks northeast, the Canary Islands can be seen just off the coast of Western Sahara and Morocco. The pass continues over the Strait of Gibraltar (click here for an Earth Observatory article on the Strait of Gibraltar), eastern Spain, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. As the ISS continues northeast, it passes over the northern half of the Italian Peninsula before continuing over the snow-covered Balkan Peninsula. The pass ends as it continues east-northeast, but much of the ground is covered with snow.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-30364 to ISS030-E-30624

Date posted: 2012/01/20
High Definition video of Western Africa to Northern Kazakhstan
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Mediterranean Sea to Kazakhstan

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 02, 2012 from 10:35:30 to 10:46:38 GMT, on a pass from the south Mediterranean Sea, just east of Tunisia, to northern Kazakhstan. This pass begins looking back from the ISS toward Algeria and Tunisia. As the ISS travels northeast toward the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Tunis and the Gulf of Hammamet are seen, as well as an oblique view of Tunisia's capital city, Tunis. The pass continues over Sicily and the southern half of Italy, before continuing to the Balkan Peninsula. The pass ends over the snow-covered country of Kazakhstan.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-28525 to ISS030-E-28692

Date posted: 2012/01/17
High Definition video of the Mediterranean Sea to Kazakhstan
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Stars over Switzerland to Saudi Arabia

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 22, 2011 from 20:58:50 to 21:09:35 GMT, on a pass starting over western Switzerland to the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula, over Saudi Arabia. This video focuses on stars overhead as the lights of Western Europe to the Arabian Peninsula fly by under the airglow of the Earth. The pass begins looking over the Adriatic and Ionian Seas toward Greece. As the ISS travels southeast toward the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the island of Cyprus and countries of Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan can be seen as brightly lit areas. To the left of track, more populated cities near the Persian Gulf are seen. The ISS continues southeast toward the less populated areas of southern Saudi Arabia before approaching the Indian Ocean.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-22740 to ISS030-E-22955

Date posted: 2012/01/17
High Definition video of the Stars over Switzerland to Saudi Arabia
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Aurora Borealis over Europe and the Middle East

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 21, 2011 from 18:43:53 to 18:56:44 GMT, on a pass from central Poland to northern India, over New Delhi. Throughout this video, the astronauts have the camera set up to look due north toward the pole. The pass begins looking toward the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, where larger cities like Stockholm, Helsinki, and Riga stand out. As the pass continues southeast, Moscow stands out well as a large, bright city among smaller cities. The Aurora Borealis shines brightly to the north of these cities. Finally, the pass ends over northern India.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-14502 to ISS030-E-14861

Date posted: 2012/01/05
High Definition video of the Aurora Borealis over Europe and the Middle East
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Looking Behind the ISS at North Africa, Western Europe, and Across the Terminator

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 28, 2011 from 13:32:55 to 13:54:42 GMT, on a pass beginning just west of Africa, over Cape Verde, to eastern Kazakhstan. The video begins looking backtrack from the ISS toward the Atlantic Ocean, where the Cape Verde islands can be seen. As the ISS travels northeast, the western coast of Africa can be seen before traveling over the Strait of Gibraltar and toward Spain and Portugal. The snow-covered Alps Mountains can be seen as the ISS continues northeast toward Kazakhstan. The video ends with a great shot of the Terminator line, which is where the ISS passes into the Earth's nighttime hours.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-17452 to ISS030-E-17708

Date posted: 2012/01/05
High Definition video of North Africa, Western Europe, and Across the Terminator
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Day Pass over the Dunes in Africa to Snow-Covered Kazakhstan

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 29, 2011 from 10:59:09 to 11:21:09 GMT, on a pass from the Gulf of Guinea, just south of Cote d'Ivoire, to northern Kazakhstan. The pass begins looking behind the International Space Station toward the Atlantic Ocean before continuing northeast over northern Africa. The dunes in the deserts of northern Africa can be carefully seen. The pass continues over the Gulf of Sidra and the Mediterranean Sea to Greece, and on toward the Black Sea and the snow-covered Pontic Mountains. The pass ends over the snow-covered Kazakhstan before the ISS crosses over the Terminator.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-18382 to ISS030-E-18644

Date posted: 2012/01/05
High Definition video of a Day Pass over the Dunes of Africa to the snow-covered Kazakhstan
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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 December 11, 2011 from 01:35:52 to 01:45:54 GMT, on a pass from northeast of Nova Scotia to northern Italy. In this video, the camera is pointing toward the north as the ISS passes from an ascending to a descending orbit pass. As the ISS tracks over the North Atlantic Ocean, the camera captures the Aurora Borealis before flying over Western Europe.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-11450 to ISS030-E-11751

Date posted: 2011/12/20
High Definition video of the Aurora Borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean
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Over the Snow-Covered Alps

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 11, 2011 from 01:44:06 to 01:47:24 GMT, on a pass from France, just west of Paris, to the far south corner of Croatia, near the Adriatic Sea. This short video looks southeast from France toward the Italian Peninsula. Small Western European cities can be seen throughout the video as the Alps Mountains begin to appear with snow-covered tops. The snow can be differentiated from the surrounding cloud because the snow on the mountains appear very jagged, and the clouds to the north are very smooth. Further downtrack from the Alps, the Italian Peninsula appears under cloud as the track finishes over the Adriatic Sea and southern Croatia.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-12414 to ISS030-E-12513

Date posted: 2011/12/20
High Definition video of France to Croatia
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Western to Eastern Europe

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 4, 2011 from 00:12:00 to 00:30:27 GMT, on a pass from just northwest of Morocco to central Kazakhstan. The two videos were shot simultaneously using different cameras: one pointing toward the northeast (Click to watch this individual video: high resolution or low resolution), and one pointing toward the east (Click to watch this individual video: high resolution or low resolution). These are played side-by-side to show a wider perspective to the covered regions. The first thing that can be seen is Spain and Portugal, with Lisbon lit up brightly in the foreground near the Atlantic Ocean and Madrid in the middle of Spain. The pass continues into France, with the English Channel in the far left and the Italian Peninsula in the far right. Further down the pass and on the left video, the Baltic Sea appears as a dark patch surrounded by light as the ISS continues to the east-northeast towards Moscow, Russia. The pass continues toward central Russia before the sunrise in the east comes up.


Compiled from frames ISS030-E-9593 to ISS030-E-9962

and ISS030-E-9964 to ISS030-E-10332

Date posted: 2011/12/12

High Definition video of Northwestern Africa to Kazakhstan
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Western Europe to the Arabian Peninsula

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 21, 2011 from 21:18:03 to 21:35:28 GMT, on a pass from just west of the United Kingdom over Ireland to just southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. At the beginning of this nighttime video, the main Western European cities stand out significantly. The English Channel is seen as a black pathway separating the United Kingdom and northern France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Large cities like London, Paris, and Brussels stand out as brightly-lit clusters of light. The pass continues southeast towards Slovenia and Croatia, with lightning storms by the Boot of Italy. The Black Sea comes up down the track as the dark patch amongst lights, which is due east of Turkey. Traveling further southeast, Cyprus and cities along the Mediterranean Sea coast stand out before the Syrian Desert on the Arabian Peninsula. Near the end of the video and in the southeastern portion of the Arabian Peninsula shows the populated cities of Dubai and Doha. This pass ends over the Arabian Sea.


Compiled from frames ISS029-E-40074 to ISS029-E-40415

Date posted: 2011/11/14
High Definition video of Western Europe to the Arabian Peninsula
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Western Europe to Central India

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 19, 2011 from 19:59:21 to 20:18:56 GMT, on a pass from the North Atlantic Ocean, just west of France and the United Kingdom, to central India. The pass begins coming up on the lights of the United Kingdom and northwestern Europe. Larger cities like London, Paris, and Brussels stand out as very bright clusters of lights split by the English Channel. As the ISS continues southeast towards the Baltic Sea and Poland, the lights become more scarce, but cities like Warsaw still stand out. Just downtrack of this are more clouded regions in Ukraine and Russia, with Kyiv and Moscow lit under the clouds. The pass continues into the Middle East, where the India-Pakistan border shows with cities like Lahore, Islamabad, and New Delhi brightly-lit. The pass ends over central India looking southeast.


Compiled from frames ISS029-E-38092 to ISS029-E-38475

Date posted: 2011/11/07
High Definition video of Western Europe to Central India
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Western Europe

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 15, 2011 from 00:47:28 to 01:02:56 GMT, on a pass beginning over the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Island of Newfoundland to the northern part of the Red Sea, over the Gulf of Suez and the Sinai Peninsula. At the beginning of the video, the Aurora Borealis can be seen in the far left along with clouds over the North Atlantic Ocean. Tracking southeast, the first view of lights is from the United Kingdom (Ireland, uptrack from the UK, is under cloud), with cities like Liverpool and London showing up nicely. Across the English Channel, the cities of Brussels and Rotterdam (left) and Paris (brightly-lit city west of Brussels) all stand out through a network of smaller cities in Western Europe (click here to for our article about Northwestern Europe and how to find the major cities). The pass continues over the snow-covered Alps and to the Italian Peninsula, where lightning storms cover the southern half of the peninsula. The ISS then tracks over the Mediterranean Sea, with Greece to the left of track, northern Africa right of track, and the island of Crete. Finally, the pass finishes near the Nile River Delta and the Red Sea.


Compiled from frames ISS029-E-30900 to ISS029-E-31193

Date posted: 2011/10/27
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Halfway around the World

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 8, 2011 from 20:53:10 to 21:24:58 GMT, on a long pass from the mid-Atlantic between South America and Africa ascending to the Balkan Peninsula, and rounding out on a descending pass southwest towards the Solomon Islands. The camera is west-looking, therefore the setting sun in the west is the first image seen throughout this sequence. The pass continues over the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, before hitting the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkan Peninsula. Finally, the ISS flies over Russia and Kazakhstan and begins the descending pass towards the southern Pacific Ocean. The faint lights from the Aurora Borealis can be seen near the end of the video.


Compiled from frames ISS029-E-22493 to ISS029-E-23129

Date posted: 2011/10/14
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Night views over the Mediterranean Sea

This video over the Mediterranean Sea was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken October 6, 2011 from 22:58:09 to 23:13:15 GMT, on an ascending pass from just west of the Strait of Gilbaltar over the Atlantic Ocean to northern Kazakhstan. The first significant landmark is the Strait of Gibraltar, separating Spain and Morocco. As the pass continues down the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands stand out nicely contrasted with the water. Next, Corsica and Sardinia stand out before the Italian Peninsula. The pass continues over the northern Balkan Peninsula, with the Black Sea standing out as a dark patch among city lights.


Compiled from frames ISS029-E-24213 to ISS029-E-24417

Date posted: 2011/10/14
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