More ISS Awesomeness!

This just in: new time-lapses from the ISS, by way of the Image Science & Analysis Lab at Johnson Space Center and The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Enjoy! (Descriptions from JSC.)

The above sequence of shots was taken February 4, 2012 from 07:55:38 to 08:11:19 GMT, on a pass from the North Pacific Ocean, just west of Oregon, to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Nova Scotia. This pass begins over the cloudy North Pacific Ocean, looking back at the Soyuz. As the ISS begins to fly over land, the camera points southwest towards San Francisco and Seattle. The pass continues over southern Canada, where smaller cities can be seen. The glow from the moonlight illuminates small rivers throughout the video. As the pass continues over Canada, most of the land is covered with snow. The video finishes as the ISS passes over the New England and southeastern Canada region, looking southwest towards Montreal and Cape Cod areas.

This sequence of shots was taken January 23, 2012 from 08:01:56 to 08:16:08 GMT, on a pass from the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Mexico, to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Newfoundland. This video focuses on the stars over the Caribbean Sea, the eastern United States, and southeastern Canada. The Milky Way can be faintly seen throughout the star field as the ISS travels northeast over the Caribbean Sea and towards the southeastern United States. As the ISS continues northeast , lightning flashes can be seen over the southeastern United States before flying over Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. The pass ends over southeastern Quebec and the New Brunswick area.

Can astronauts see stars from space? Heck yes! This sequence of shots was taken January 22, 2012 from 13:35:50 to 13:48:02 GMT, on a pass over the North Pacific Ocean, from west of Hawaii to just southwest of Vancouver. This video mainly involves the stars over the North Pacific Ocean as the ISS travels northeast towards southwestern Canada. The camera used to take this time-lapse sequence captures a great multitude of stars and constellations as looks west out of the Cupola. The pass ends near Vancouver, where the Aurora Borealis is seen.

This sequence of shots was taken February 2, 2012 from 05:07:08 to 05:15:03 GMT, on a pass from over southwestern Ohio, south of Dayton, to the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Newfoundland and Labrador. The pass begins looking west as the International Space Station travels over the Michigan peninsula, where Chicago stands out brightly. The Aurora Borealis can be seen in the far right of the video, over Canada. The pass continues northeast over Canada, where streaks of the aurora shine brightly, and ends looking over to snow-covered Quebec and Newfoundland.

Also, on the last video, note the pass of Canada’s Manicouagan Reservoir, an annular (ring-shaped) lake that was formed 212 million years ago by a meteorite impact!

All videos courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.

(If you can’t see the videos embedded above, each line of descriptive copy begins with a link to the respective video on YouTube.)

About Jason Major

Graphic designer, photo hobbyist, and space exploration fanatic.

Posted on February 19, 2012, in Earth, Night Sky, Spaceflight and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m pretty sure I saw the ISS go over me in SE Michigan last night. How would I know where it is when?


  2. ‘Awesomeness’ indeed, thanks for posting this!


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