Astronaut's Eye View: Around the World in 7 Minutes (VIDEO)

Jun 2, 2011· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

Short of an alien abduction, climbing an unusually tall ladder, or shelling out $200,000 to Richard Branson for a ride, 99.9% of Earthlings will never bear witness to our planet from the point of view of outer space.

That’s why this video is out of this world. Literally.

Created by Justin Wilkinson, who works with the Crew Earth Observations Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the video compiles some of the most striking clips filmed by astronauts over the past few years.

TakePart has two favorite shots:

1) The swirling white eyewall of Hurricane Florence (3:40 mark).

2) The Great Salt Lake in Utah. The red variation in color is caused by a railroad trestle that blocks air circulation at the north end of the lake (4:00 mark).

Thanks to Kottke.