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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

Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 40 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on June 29, 2014 from 19:38:02 to 20:10:16 GMT, on a pass from central Africa, west of Gabon, to southern Australia. This video begins look southeast over central Africa, and continues on to southeastern Africa, looking at larger cities of Pretoria, Durban, and Port Elizabeth before flying over the southern Indian Ocean. As the ISS begins over the black Indian Ocean at night, the Aurora Australis can be seen near the end of the video.



Compiled from frames ISS040-E-29044 to ISS040-E-29679

Date posted: 2014/09/05
Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
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City Lights from Caribbean to Indian Ocean

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 40 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on June 28, 2014 from 23:26:30 to June 29, 2014 at 00:02:38 GMT, on a pass from northern South America, to the southern Indian Ocean. This video begins looking back over northern South America, and the bright lights that come in shortly after along the coastline are those of Rio de Janeiro, San Paulo, and Vitoria. The video continues flying southeast over the Atlantic Ocean and finally over to the Indian Ocean, where the faint Aurora Australis are shining.



Compiled from frames ISS040-E-27126 to ISS040-E-28982

Date posted: 2014/09/05
City Lights from Caribbean to Indian Ocean
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Sahara Desert to Kazakhstan

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 40 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken on June 27, 2014 from 09:43:19 to 09:59:57 GMT, on a pass from the Sahara Desert and southern Algeria to northeastern Kazakhstan. This daytime video begins by looking up the Sahara Desert toward the Mediterranean Sea, and shortly passing over the Mediterranean Sea and southern Greece and Turkey. The pass continues over the Black Sea and the northern end of the Caspian Sea before ending over northern Kazakhstan and looking toward Russia.



Compiled from frames ISS040-E-22063 to ISS040-E-22969

Date posted: 2014/09/05
Sahara Desert to Kazakhstan
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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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