Living aboard the International Space Station must be no easy feat, but it does have its perks. Have a look at the stunning view of Earth from the ISS, thanks to the time-lapse video that NASA astronaut Nick Hague captured and shared.
Time-Lapse Video Of Earth
Hague has been living aboard the ISS since the middle of March, and is set to stay there until early October. But amid their surely busy schedules, Hague was able to take a moment to capture the beauty of the Earth afforded by the unique views from the orbiting space laboratory.
In a stunning time-lapse video, 30 minutes of footage was condensed into a 60-second video where one can see the clouds over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
“Took a moment to capture the beauty of our planet today. I was awestruck as I watched the wispy clouds disappear into the shadows,” Hague tweeted about the video.
International Space Station
The ISS is the Earth’s only microgravity laboratory that hosts various science and technology experiments that can benefit both life on Earth, as well as future space exploration projects. In a way, the ISS is quite like a testbed for technologies in which experts can study the potential effects of long-term spaceflight on humans.
Astronauts aboard the ISS have a rather unique view of the Earth from up there, as the ISS orbits around the Earth at speeds of 17,500 miles (28,000 kilometers) per hour, meaning that it circles the Earth every 90 minutes. This means that they get to see 16 sunrises and sunsets every day.
That said, here on Earth, people can also have a unique experience with the ISS. As the ISS circles the Earth every 90 minutes, there are also chances for us down here to spot the ISS when it passes above our location. However, conditions must be right to be able to see the ISS, in that it must be dawn or dusk when the ISS passes overhead.
It sounds rather complicated but fortunately, those who wish to see the ISS simply need to register to NASA’s Spot The Station on the website and they will be notified when the ISS will pass above their location at an optimal time.