The International Space Station, or ISS, recently celebrated a decade of human occupation. Traveling 220 miles above the surface of the earth, the ISS constantly photographs earth as it flies overhead and posts the images on The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth on the internet.
Science teacher James Drake spliced together more than 600 of these photos to create a video of the ISS traveling around the world in one minute. Starting at the Pacific Ocean, the film moves over North and South America before reaching Antarctica in daylight. Major cities and landmarks are clearly visible, including Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Guetemala, Panama, Peru, the Amazon and more. Also visible are lightning storms over the Pacific Ocean, as well as Earth’s ionosphere- the thin yellow line seen surrounding the planet.
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