On his most recent trip to the International Space Station (Expedition 48), recently-retired NASA astronaut Jeff Williams has recorded a great HD video of Earth using an Ultra High Definition video camera.
Here in the video titled “Jeff’s Earth” below, Williams shares some of those images, and talks about the beauty of the planet, the variety of things to see, and the value of sharing that perspective with everyone who can’t go to orbit in person.
The International Space Station (ISS) maintains an orbit with an altitude of between 330 and 435 kilometers (205 and 270 mi).
“The first time you see Planet Earth from space, it’s stunning; when you’ve spent 534 days in space – more than any other American – it still is!” Jeff Williams
As of August 23, 2016 Jeff Williams holds the United States record for most cumulative days in space with a total of 534 days. World records are like that:
- Man: Gennady Padalka (Russia – born 21 June 1958 in Krasnodar, Russia), who has spent 879 days in space over 5 missions, became the man who spent the most time in space when he surpassed, on 28 June 2015, the record of Sergei Krikalev who spent 803 days, 9 hours and 39 minutes, or 2.2 years in space over the span of six spaceflights on Soyuz, the Space Shuttle, Mir, and the International Space Station. Currently, second is Yuri Malenchenko who spent 828 days in space on six spaceflights.
- Woman: Peggy Whitson (United States of America, born February 9, 1960) has spent 376 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes in space over the span of two spaceflights to the International Space Station (scheduled to fly again in November 2016). Second is Sunita Williams who spent 321 days 17 hours 15 minutes in space.