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Striking views of Earth captured in time-lapse video

Coinciding with the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space, a videographer creates a recording that takes viewers on the International Space Station’s tour of Earth.

The Best View in the Solar System. from AJRCLIPS on Vimeo.

The scientists aboard the International Space Station “have the best view in the solar system,” videographer Alex Rivest says. Maybe that is why he created this time-lapse video of exactly what the scientists see so people around the world can also gaze at the same view.

Hovering close to Earth and completing 15 orbits per day, the ISS provides dozens of photos and videos of the views it records — the same stunning scenes captured in Rivest’s video. The habitable satellite tracks rolling scenes of the multi-colored planet with images of long winding rivers, high mountain ranges, expansive oceans, and cloud-covered skies.
Rivest released the video this past week to coincide with the 51st anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space. Gagarin’s 108-minute orbit around the Earth was an event that awed the world and accelerated the space race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. Last week was also the 31st anniversary of the inaugural launch of NASA’s space shuttle program.

With the end of the Cold War, the ISS project was created as a collaboration among the American, Russian, Japanese, Canadian, and European space agencies. It was launched in 1998 and has been continually inhabited by scientists since 2000.

How big is space?

Big questions demand big answers.

And here at Future we have a hard time thinking of a question bigger than: how big is space?

So, we set about trying to illustrate it.

Be warned: the resulting picture is big. Very big.

In fact, it is so large that we could not squeeze it all on to one image in Photoshop. Instead, we had to create several sections and stitch them together for you.

Printed out, the graphic spans 27 pages of A4 paper.

But even at this size we only managed to get to the edge of our Solar System – known as the heliosphere.

Yet even within this relatively small corner of space, there is a lot packed in there.

What is the most distant man-made object? What is the farthest travelled by a human being? What is the farthest travelled by a piece of Lego? And perhaps most importantly – how long would these journeys take if you were a passenger on the Starship Enterprise?

Scroll (and scroll… and scroll) through our monster graphic to explore our cosmic neighbourhood.

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