After a holiday thanks, hope to fill lots of food and remains, remove a load and look at a long look on the surface of the Earth changing from space. Alexander Gerst recorded the German astronaut with the European Space Agency, the longest timescale of Earth from space, made with images taken on board the International Space Station. In just 15 minutes, viewers breeze over the Earth as it changes from day to night, insightful locations across the world.
The timetable contains more than 21,000 images taken by Gerst from the space station over couple hours on October 6th. The ISS takes only 90 minutes to complete one full orbit around the Earth, and the timetable video shows two full basins. The movie starts over Tunisia, crossing Italy and parts of Europe, before joining at night, displaying China's lights. At one point, you can even see a few lightning strikes growing in a storm over the Pacific Ocean. And if you are never unsure of where the ISS is in the video, a useful map on the top left corner will notify you.
Video release is in line with the ISS's 20th anniversary, which celebrated NASA, ESA, and other international space partners this week. The first ISS, Zarya module was launched on November 20, 1998.