This NASA video is a compilation of NASA images of Earth that were taken on expedition 29 on the International Space Station (ISS) from August to October of this year. This is truly a work of art as you can travel around the planet and see all the breathtaking views from the ISS.
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NASA Video Earth 1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
This video of the United States at night and the Aurora Borealis was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 29, 2011 from 07:58:04 to 08:09:47 GMT, on an ascending pass from southwestern United States up to southeastern Quebec. The outline of the Michigan peninsula can be clearly seen approximately halfway through the video, with well-known cities like Chicago standing out well (click here to read our article featuring a still image from this video). The haze seen over the bright lights on the surface are likely night time clouds over the area. Near the end of the video, the Aurora Borealis over eastern Canada can be seen until the sunrise in the east slowly comes out.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-12487 to ISS029-E-12665
NASA Video Earth 2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 18, 2011 from 07:09:06 to 07:27:42 GMT, on a pass from just south of Alaska to eastern Cuba. The camera used for this imagery was north-facing, so the Aurora Borealis stay visible throughout the video. Lights from southern Canada show up before passing into central North America. Through the clouds, the peninsula of Michigan can be seen, with Chicago brightly lit at the south end of Lake Michigan. A few lightning storms can be seen in the large cloud mass over the Central United States. Finally, many large cities can be seen on the East Coast of the United States, including Atlanta, Georgia. Near the end of the video, the eastern half of the Florida peninsula can be seen, as well as the lighter shallow waters of the Bahamas.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-28537 to ISS029-E-28909
NASA Video Earth 3. Aurora Australis 1 from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 17, 2011 from 17:22:27 to 17:37:21 GMT, on an ascending pass from south of Madagascar to just southwest of Australia over the Indian Ocean.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-5865 to ISS029-E-6163
NASA Video Earth 4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 28 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 11, 2011 from 13:45:06 to 14:01:51 GMT, from a descending pass near eastern Australia, rounding about to an ascending pass to the east of New Zealand.
Compiled from frames ISS028-E-47008 to ISS028-E-47329
NASA Video Earth 5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
This video was taken on August 19, 2011 from 08:56:00 to 09:22:18 GMT from the ISS. This pass begins just southeast of Alaska, and the first cities that the ISS passes over (seen approximately 10 seconds into the video) is San Francisco and the surrounding areas. If one looks very carefully, you can spot where the Golden Gate Bridge is located: a smaller strip of lights just before the city of San Francisco, nearest to the clouds on the right of the image. Very obvious lightning storms can be seen on the Pacific Ocean coastline, with clouds overhead. As the video continues, the ISS passes over Central America (green lights can be seen here), with the Yucatan Peninsula on the left. The pass ends as the ISS is over the capital city of Bolivia, La Paz.
Compiled from frames ISS028-E-33150 to ISS028-E-33676
NASA Video Earth 6. Aurora Australis 2 from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 18, 2011 from 11:54:56 to 12:18:33 GMT, on an ascending pass from south of Australia in the Southern Pacific Ocean to the Northern Pacific Ocean, west of Central America. Moving lights can be seen several times throughout the video, and the most likely explanation is that these are satellites illuminated by the sun. The Milky Way can be clearly seen rotating slowly through the frames. The glow from the computer screens inside of the cabin is seen throughout the video near the solar panels.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-8492 to ISS029-E-8964
NASA Video Earth 7. Halfway around the World
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 8, 2011 from 20:53:10 to 21:24:58 GMT, on a long pass from the mid-Atlantic between South America and Africa ascending to the Balkan Peninsula, and rounding out on a descending pass southwest towards the Solomon Islands. The camera is west-looking, therefore the setting sun in the west is the first image seen throughout this sequence. The pass continues over the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, before hitting the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkan Peninsula. Finally, the ISS flies over Russia and Kazakhstan and begins the descending pass towards the southern Pacific Ocean. The faint lights from the Aurora Borealis can be seen near the end of the video.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-22493 to ISS029-E-23129
NASA Video Earth 8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
This video over Central Africa and the Middle East was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken October 1, 2011 from 21:20:24 to 21:41:24 GMT, on an ascending pass from just southwest of Cote d’Ivoire in Africa to southern Russia. At the beginning of the video, thunderstorms can be seen in western Africa. The first lights that are visible is along the Nile River in Egypt near the Mediterranean Sea and through Israel and Lebanon along the coast (click here to read our article on the Nile River Delta). Further down the pass and into the Middle East, the Baku Peninsula brightly sticks out into the Caspian Sea. The pass ends over southern Russia, looking northeastward toward the Aurora Borealis.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-18677 to ISS029-E-19097
NASA Video Earth 9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
This video over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken October 6, 2011 from 19:46:23 to 19:58:41 GMT, on an ascending pass from the Sahara Desert to western Kazakhstan. The rust color of the Sahara Desert is the first view in this video. Because this is an evening pass, the surface colors can be seen still, along with the bright lights of populated areas. The first view of these bright lights is along the Nile River, which can be seen just before the Red Sea. Just down track is the historic city of Jerusalem, and Lebanon’s capital city, Beirut. As the ISS approaches the Caspian Sea, the Baku peninsula can be seen as a bright peninsula in the sea. The pass ends looking over Kazakhstan.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-19693 to ISS029-E-19914
NASA Video Earth 10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 18, 2011 from 07:14:24 to 07:30:18 GMT, on a pass starting just over Vancouver Island to the Caribbean Sea, north of Aruba. This video was taken during the same time period as “Aurora Borealis and eastern United States”, but with an eastern-facing camera opposted to the previous north-facing camera. The two videos give two different perspectives of this single pass down Canada and the central United States. The last bit of this video flies over the Caribbean Sea towards the Lesser Antilles.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-29090 to ISS029-E-29408
NASA Video Earth 11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
This sequence of still frames was acquired as the International Space Station was tracking east-northeastward across the United States. The sequence begins over the Pacific Ocean as the ISS headed toward the Baja peninsula, and continues northeast through the northern Great Plains, with heavier cloud cover shown near the midwest. The video ends as the ISS is flying over the Great Lakes, and finally near Hudson Bay (left of track).
Compiled from frames ISS028-E-35765 to ISS028-E-36023
NASA Video Earth 12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 20, 2011 from 17:48:40 to 18:05:17 GMT, on a descending pass from eastern China to western New Guinea, and rounds out to an ascending pass just as the video ends north of Australia. As the pass begins southeastward towards the South China Sea, the first noticably-lit area is that of Hong Kong and Macau. The island of Taiwan can also be easily seen left of track. The ISS passes over the South China Sea towards the Philippines, which have some cloud cover and storms. Finally, the pass ends just north of Australia, where the Yorke Peninsula can be seen as a dark, rusty color protruding into the water.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-33152 to ISS029-E-33428
NASA Video Earth 13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
This pass begins over Mongolia, looking out west towards the Pacific Ocean, China, and Japan. As the video progresses, you can see major cities along the coast and the Japanese islands on the Philippine Sea. The island of Guam can be seen further down the pass into the Philippine Sea, and the pass ends just to the east of New Zealand. A lightning storm can be seen as light pulses near the end of the video.
Compiled from frames ISS028-E-30770 to ISS028-E-31149
NASA Video Earth 14. Views of the Mideast at Night
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 21, 2011 from 19:53:26 to 20:25:24 GMT, on a pass beginning over Turkmenistan, east of the Caspian Sea to southeastern China, just northwest of Hong Kong. City lights show at the beginning of the video as the ISS travels southeastward towards the India-Pakistan borderline (click here for our Earth Observatory article to learn more about this area). Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, can be easily seen as the brightly lit area left of track. Immediately downtrack of Lahore is New Delhi, India’s capital city, with the Kathiawar Peninsula right of track dimly lit. Smaller cities in southern India can be seen as the pass continues southeastward through southern India, into the Bay of Bengal. Lightning storms are also present, represented by the flashing lights throughout the video. The pass ends over western Indonesia, looking left of track at the island of Sumatra.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-32060 to ISS029-E-32400
NASA Video Earth 15. Night Views over Mediterranean Sea
This video over the Mediterranean Sea was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken October 6, 2011 from 22:58:09 to 23:13:15 GMT, on an ascending pass from just west of the Strait of Gilbaltar over the Atlantic Ocean to northern Kazakhstan. The first significant landmark is the Strait of Gibraltar, separating Spain and Morocco. As the pass continues down the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands stand out nicely contrasted with the water. Next, Corsica and Sardinia stand out before the Italian Peninsula. The pass continues over the northern Balkan Peninsula, with the Black Sea standing out as a dark patch among city lights.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-24213 to ISS029-E-24417
NASA Video Earth 16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 16, 2011 from 09:07:37 to 09:24:10 GMT, on a pass beginning just south of the Gulf of Alaska in the eastern Pacific Ocean to Central America near the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. The Aurora Borealis is shown near the beginning of the video over Canada as the ISS continues the pass southeast into North America. The first lights seen on the coast of the western United States are those of southern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and Washington state. The pass continues through the Rocky Mountains, where Denver, Colorado can be easily spotted as a bright cluster of lights amongst many strings of smaller cities. Finally, the pass follows down the central part of the United States, showing the bright cities of Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas. The lights of oil platforms just south of Louisiana can be spotted as smaller lights in the Gulf of Mexico. The pass ends over the Caribbean Sea.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-28110 to ISS029-E-28441
NASA Video Earth 17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
Video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 28 on board the International Space Station. This sequence of shots was taken September 7, 2011 from 17:38:03 to 17:49:15 GMT, from the French Southern and Antarctic Lands in the South Indian Ocean to southern Australia.
Compiled from frames ISS028-E-43072 to ISS028-E-43072
NASA Video Earth 18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken October 29, 2011 from 16:56:46 to 17:28:21 GMT, on a pass beginning over central Ukraine to just south of Australia, over the Great Australian Bight. This video immediately starts by looking southeast toward the Black Sea, then continues over the Caspian Sea and to the Mideast. The India-Pakistan border stands out as the snaking orange line left of track. The bright lights nearby the borderline are those of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and main seaport. The pass continues down the western half of India, with lightning storms shooting off in the southwestern half of the peninsula. The lights of Sri Lanka can be seen through the clouds directly downtrack of India before passing into the Indian Ocean. Finally, the pass ends just west of Australia, with the lights of Perth seen on the coastline. The Aurora Australis can be seen in the distance as the video ends.
Compiled from frames ISS029-E-34145 to ISS029-E-34717
This NASA video and NASA image collection is amazing. In all there are 32 clips, however only 18 are used in the NASA video here. We are currently working on putting them all into a video, and will keep you posted! So sit back and dim the lights and get the popcorn and enjoy the NASA Video from NASA images of Earth my friends!