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Crew Earth Observations - Google Earth Video Tour

The tour below is a joined Crew Earth Observations YouTube video and Google Earth tour over the area in the video. The Google Earth tour on the right was designed to showcase the geographical features that are more difficult to recognize in the Crew Earth Observations time-lapse videos. For a more interactive and detailed Google Earth tour, the .KML file can be found below the Video Description to download.



Please note: While the Google Earth window to the right is interactive, it is advised not to pause the tour and "move around" in Google Earth. This will cause the two windows to become out of sync, and you will need to reload your browser and start the tour over again. For this reason, the .KML is available to download below. Also, please only use the buttons beneath the Google Earth interactive window to view this tour.













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To use the tour features:

1. Click "Enter Tour", and allow the tour to load. You will need to either reload the page or press this button again if you would like to view the tour multiple times.

2. Click "Play Tour"

The "Pause tour" button will pause both windows. If the pause button is pressed in either the Google Earth window or YouTube window, the respective window only will pause. Therefore, only click the "Pause Tour" button to pause both windows.

Video Description

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken January 30, 2012 from 06:13:36 to 06:23:09 GMT, on a pass from northern Mexico to northwest New Brunswick. This video begins looking northeast over Texas, where cities like San Antonio, Houston, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area can be seen. Continuing northeast over the Great Plains states, cities like Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and St. Louis can be easily distinguished. The pass continues over the familiar shape of the Michigan Peninsula, with Chicago at the south edge of Lake Michigan. As the ISS continues northeast, the Aurora Borealis can be seen over Canada.


Click here to download the Google Earth KML used above.

Click here to be taken back to the Crew Earth Observations Video page.