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ESA 'naut Alexander Gerst captured some breathtaking images of Earth during his six-month stint on the International Space Station. This timelapse video brings together 12,500 photos snapped by Gerst while he was part of the Blue Dot mission from May to November this year. Youtube Video Highlights include stunning auroras, …

  1. Gert Leboski

    Nice

    Stunning visuals and well chosen soundtrack.

    1. Champ

      Re: Nice

      >Stunning visuals and well chosen soundtrack

      Blimey. I know I'm old, but - my first reaction was "amazing imagery, but why's it been ruined with this noise playing over it?"

      Pass me my jacket. The one with the Yes and Hawkwind patches on the cut-off. Ta.

  2. phuzz Silver badge

    Wow, that is beautiful!

    Also, at about 2:00: I can see my house from here!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nice. I still hold onto the dream of going into space, and images like this are what keep it alive.

  4. Dcope

    Low Earth Orbit

    From those pictures you really get a feel for just how close they are to earth, 250 miles isnt that far when you think about it, less than half the distance from Land's End to John O'groats.

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      Re: Low Earth Orbit

      The "traditional" road distance is 874 odd miles - it is only 603 in a straight line though...

  5. Big Minion
    Pint

    Streaking object

    Wow, stunning images! Did anyone notice the object streaking from just below the solar array to the upper left quadrant from 3:35 - 3:3:39? Moving at a quite a fast speed in comparason to the other bodies. Any ideas what it might have been?

    1. VinceH Silver badge

      Re: Streaking object

      I'd guess a satellite.

  6. fearnothing

    Now that you've pointed it out I can - it's only visible if I full-screen the video. My guess would be another satellite in a different orbit? Not really many other things it could be moving in relation to the stars the way it is.

  7. Trollslayer Silver badge

    Humanity stands on it's collective hind legs.

    Cool!

  8. earl grey Silver badge
    Pint

    most enjoyable

    Thank you sir!

  9. Outcast

    Stunning. Although when I watched it I didn't realise the missus had turned the sound down on the player.

    I was marrying up the images to Human Leagues - "Gordons Gin" !!

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