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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Flying Over Planet Earth

Take a look at this beautiful time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits Earth at night. It starts off over the Pacific Ocean then moves on over North and South America and then journeys over near Antarctica where it enters daylight.

Visible cities, countries and landmarks – (in order):
Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver
Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles
Multiple cities in Texas
New Mexico and Mexico, Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador
Lightning in the Pacific Ocean
Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca
The Amazon

The thin yellow line that you see is the Earth’s ionosphere.

It’s hard to believe that this is real. It really looks like something out of a movie – or a video game of some sort. Breathtaking! 

Anoud x

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