This 1-minute timelapse shot from the ISS shows a third of our planet captured over half an hour

Jun 3, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This 1-minute timelapse shot from the ISS shows a third of our planet captured over half an hour

Jun 3, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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There are two things I like to look at when I just want to relax. Timelapses and photos from space. And when they’re combined, it’s often extremely relaxing. The above timelapse was shot recently by NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who has been living and working on the International Space Station since the middle of March.

The video covers 30 minutes of realtime footage condensed down into 60 seconds. That’s about a third of a go around the planet. The timelapse covers the journey from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean, although there’s no mention of what it was shot with.

It’s pretty crazy how quickly the ISS covers this much of the earth, but when it’s making a complete orbit around every 92 minutes, and considering this is a third of an orbit condensed down into just a minute, it’s not surprising that it appears to go by so quickly.

Personally, I think NASA should set up a camera in this spot permanently live streaming 24 hours a day. But maybe that’s just me.

Hague is scheduled to remain aboard the ISS until October 3rd. Hopefully this won’t be the last timelapse we see from him.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “This 1-minute timelapse shot from the ISS shows a third of our planet captured over half an hour”

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    Ed Follis

    There is a 24/7 feed, you just need the ISS HD Live app, if you love space it’s fantastic, unless the signal goes down ?