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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 regions around the world, 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 just below these two sections.

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Latest videos from the crew

Canada at night - Sept. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on September 18, 2018 from 08:03:15 to 08:14:13 GMT, on a night pass over Canada. The video begins along the British Columbia and Alberta border. Aurora Borealis over northern Canada hover above Earth’s surface with sunlight peeking through in the background. Major cities seen during this quick orbit over Canada include Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal. Beyond Earth’s limb, many stars are visible from this vantage point of the Space Station.



Date posted: 2018/10/17
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-179403 to ISS056-E-180719

West Africa to the Alps - Dec. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on December 7, 2017 from 14:05:42 to 14:19:01 GMT, on a day pass from the north Atlantic Ocean to the Italian Alps. The video begins over the cloudy Atlantic Ocean and passes over clusters of islands. The western coast of Africa comes into view with dust blowing over from the Sahara Desert. The ISS continues over the African countries of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, and Algeria. The Atlas Mountains are clearly visible along the Mediterranean coast. The narrow Strait of Gibraltar separates the Iberian Peninsula from Africa. Much of France and Italy are cloud covered, with the exception of the Alps.



Date posted: 2018/08/29
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-386864 to ISS053-E-388463

Middle East to Australia - Jul. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken using a 16mm fisheye camera lens on July 7, 2018 from 05:18:32 to 05:45:38 GMT, on a day pass from the Middle East to western Australia. The video quickly begins passing over the Caspian Sea and moves over Iran and Turkmenistan. The ISS continues over Afghanistan and the Himalayas begin to show on the horizon. Traveling southeast, much of India and the Indian Ocean are cloud covered. The videos ends along the red-colored, west coast of Australia.



Date posted: 2018/08/07
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-91001 to ISS056-E-94252

Clouds and Continents - Jun. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken using a 16mm fisheye camera lens on June 21, 2018 from 15:19:25 to 16:09:25 GMT, on a day pass from the Pacific Ocean to Africa. The video begins over cloud covered waters of the Pacific Ocean and heads toward the western coast of North America. The first sight of land is the Baja peninsula of Mexico and quickly approaches the southwest US states of Arizona and Utah. The US midwest is mostly cloudy. Orange waters on the western edge of Lake Superior are the result of significant flooding in Duluth, MN at the time of the video. The ISS continues over the northern Atlantic Ocean and passes over Spain at the Strait of Gibraltar. As the ISS heads southeast across Africa, orange Saharan sands come into view and the video ends with a sunset over the cloud covered continent.



Date posted: 2018/06/26
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-25974 to ISS056-E-32016

Malaysia to Western Australia - Jun. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 56 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on June 9, 2018 from 15:23:52 to 15:31:23 GMT, on a night pass from Malaysia toward Western Australia. The video begins looking southeast toward the Indonesia islands. Coastlines are traced out by urban areas with interconnected, yellow-colored lights. In contrast, there are many fishing boats in the surrounding dark waters that can be distinguished by individual green or cool-toned white lights. Lightning storms are the concentrated bright flashes are seen throughout this video. The ISS continues past the islands of Sumatra and Java. The video ends over the vast waters of the Indian Ocean while approaching the coast of Western Australia.



Date posted: 2018/06/14
Compiled from frames ISS056-E-6359 to ISS056-E-7261

Space Shuttle Discovery over Earth - Apr. 2010

This time-lapse video was taken by the STS-131 Mission crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken from April 12-16, 2010. The video is a compilation of time-lapse photos showing Space Shuttle Discovery docked at the ISS from various angles and times of day.



Date posted: 2018/06/08
Compiled from frames STS131-E-11693 to STS131-E-14268

Transit Across Africa - Sept. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on April 1, 2017 from 12:14:00 to 12:47:16 GMT, on a northeast to southwest pass across Africa. The video begins over the northern Atlantic Ocean, passes over the Strait of Gibraltar, and across the Sahara Desert. Much of central Africa is cloud covered until the ISS passes by Lake Malawi. The last land seen in this video is the southern end of the island of Madagascar. The video ends over the vast blue waters of the Indian Ocean.



Date posted: 2018/05/14
Compiled from frames ISS052-E-81417 to ISS052-E-82415

Southern Hemisphere Aurora and Sunrise - Apr. 2018

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 55 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on April 20, 2018 from 19:39:23 to 20:03:38 GMT, on a pass from southern Africa to Australia. The video begins at night just south of the African continent and continues east across the Indian Ocean. The highlight of this video is the Aurora Australis also known as the Southern Lights. The video ends with a sunrise over Australia.



Date posted: 2018/05/14
Compiled from frames ISS055-E-27892 to ISS055-E-30801

Oregon to Yucatan Peninsula - Aug. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on August 24, 2017 from 22:08:24 to 22:20:38 GMT, on a NW-SE pass across North America. The video begins with clouds over the state of Oregon and passes over the midwest United States. A distinct feature seen in this video includes the two-toned waters of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The video continues past the Texas Gulf Coast and Hurricane Harvey can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico before it made landfall in Texas. The video ends while continuing south across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.



Date posted: 2018/04/22
Compiled from frames ISS052-E-73851 to ISS052-E-74538

Balearic Sea to Lake Turkana - Dec. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on December 6, 2017 from 21:32:28 to 31:49:15 GMT, on a pass from Spain to Kenya. The video begins with clouds over the Atlantic Ocean, and passes over the Balearic and Mediterranean Seas. Major cities are lit up and sunglint shimmers across the bodies of water. The video continues over the Sahara Desert towards East Africa and ends with sunglint highlighting Lake Turkana in Kenya.



Date posted: 2018/03/22
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-394450 to ISS053-E-396465

Ireland to Egypt at Night - Sept. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on September 24, 2017 from 01:53:00 to 02:03:34 GMT, on a pass from Ireland to Egypt. The video begins over Dublin, Ireland and passes by the major cities of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Turin, Rome, Istanbul, Athens, and Cairo. Major water features seen in this video include the English Channel, Mediterranean Sea, and the Nile River. The video ends just before sunrise.



Date posted: 2018/03/21
Compiled from frames ISS053-E-45404 to ISS053-E-46038