Monday, November 14th, 2011

The Astronauts On The International Space Station Have Seen Things We People Wouldn't Believe

Have you watched this yet? German set designer and video artist Michael Konig used footage sent back from the International Space Station over the past three months to make an amazing high-definition, time-lapse video of the earth spinning from 240 miles away.

Some of the pictures are from the current Space Station mission, Expedition 29, manned by Satoshi Furukawa, Mike Fossum and Sergei Volkov. This clip of Furukawa being interviewed for Japanese television gives you a some idea of what it's like for them up there. Watch Fossum's cross necklace floating around in zero gravity, and listen to the excited oohs and aahs of the interviewers as Furukawa turns the camera out the window to show them what lightning looks like from beyond the earth's atmosphere. And when the sun crests the curve of the horizon at the end, you learn how to say "Holy shit this is the most totally mind-blowing thing I have ever seen in my life" in Japanese. Or something pretty much like that.

And here is some soundless footage taken at night. Or, I guess, from this perspective, its less "night" than it is "while the earth is between the Space Station and the sun."

What is that trail of green space-ghost mist? And those flaring beams of light that explode in the distance? Are those attack ships on fire off the shoulders of Orion? That's my best bet.

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NFK (#8,747)

Hardcore space porn. I think I just found my new active desktop loop.

NFK (#8,747)

@NFK Also, when ISS crew members return to Earth, they are entitled to say "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe" in a Rutger Hauer voice.

barnhouse (#1,326)

I'm glad these moments won't be lost, like tears in the rain.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

@barnhouse You can see the Tannhauser Gate at 2:16.

NFK (#8,747)

@petejayhawk The C-beams glittering in the dark are pretty too.

If we can make gorgeous videos from the space station, why can't I get a decent chai tea latte?

laurel (#4,035)

@NotAndersonCooper Not enough defense spending in the chai tea latte industry?

Annie K. (#3,563)

It's a lot better with the twinky soundtrack off. The cities look like the networks of galaxies — really, they do. Sigh.

Dave Bry (#422)

I agree. Should have recommended turning the sound off when watching. (Or, maybe, because I will apparently never outgrow my fifteen-year-old self, recommended cueing up Monster Magnet's "Negasonic Teenage Warhead" and listening to that instead.)

Annie K. (#3,563)

@Dave Bry Quite a bit better. I'd vote for the Goldberg Variations myself but maybe that's a little overdone. I mean, we can't all have exquisite taste.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Annie K. Geez, I'm such a philistine – I was just thinking how much I liked the soundtrack.

Anarcissie (#3,748)

I'd go for one of the Bach organ fugues, myself, sort of halfway between Monster Magnet and the Goldberg Variations.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

When set to any Do Make Say Think song, "Holy shit this is the most totally mind-blowing thing I have ever seen in my life" is pretty close to my reaction.

SeanP (#4,058)

Ok, I'm going to be an astronaut when I grow up.

Sights in order: 3) Cities from space. 2) Lightning from space. 1) Aurora from space.

Roaring Girl (#164,743)

I can't be the only nerd who saw this and thought, "MAKO! Holy cow, it's the Life Stream!"

NFK (#8,747)

@Roaring Girl FFVII in the house.

Wow, the Midwest even looks fat from space. I thought it just looked big because we were close to it.

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