The European Space Agency released a spectacular timelapse montage a couple of days ago of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s photos from the International Space Station. It’s absolutely stunning, featuring auroras, city lights, awesome weather, and images of the atmosphere as seen from outside. My favourite? Canadarm 2 and Dextre manipulating a Dragon resupply capsule.
According to the ESA, the process went something like this:
Often while conducting scientific experiments or docking spacecraft Alexander would set cameras to automatically take pictures at regular intervals. Combining these images gives the timelapse effect seen in this video.
If you have a 4K monitor, apparently the video is available in that resolution, so punch that HD button and revel in how gorgeous our planet is.
Stuff like this isn’t quite as joyous as Chris Hadfield’s projects, but it’s nice to see astronauts still getting creative up there and sharing some of the beauty and poetry of space with us.
Happy holidays, folks, and as always, paddle your own canoe.