Awe-inspiring and eerily calming – both the footage and the soundtrack.
I recommend setting the quality to 720p HD, then expand to full-screen and turn the volume up – it is well worth it.
But… this is not a dream. Space… this really is “the final frontier.” And we, as a race, are truly on the precipice of exploring strange new worlds.
The astronauts aboard the International Space Station must surely realise how privileged they are, to have had the chance to “boldly go where no man has gone before”. But will the rest of us mere mortals, condemned to our almost “flat-earth” experiences, ever appreciate the ultimate vastness of the universe?
Imagery like this will always serve to bolster the hopes of the faithful – whatever their faith – and remind us what an amazing, beautiful world we live on.
For those who feel the need to know…
Every frame in this video is a photograph taken from the International Space Station. All credit goes to the crews on board the ISS. Knate Myers, the cinematographer who crafted the timelapse from thousands of still images, used Photoshop to remove noise and edit some shots, and compiled and arranged the composited video in Sony Vegas. Check out his web-site, here.
The music is by John Murphy – Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor) – and is available here, on the iTunes store.
The shooting locations are, in order of appearance:
- Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
- Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
- Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
- Aurora Australis south of Australia
- Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
- Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
- Halfway around the World
- Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
- Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
- Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
- Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
- Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
- Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
- Views of the Mideast at Night
- Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
- Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
- Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
- Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Nigh