To celebrate the 20th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency (ESA) published the longest continuous time-lapse video from the orbiting laboratory. In just under 15 minutes, this 4K HD video below takes us from Tunisia across Beijing and through Australia in two trips around the world. You can follow the ISS’s location using the map at the top right-hand side of the screen alongside annotations on the photos themselves.

Space Station 20th: longest continuous timelapse from space. This time-lapse comprises 21,375 images of Earth all captured by the German European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and shown 12.5 times faster than the actual speed. Music is Orbital Horizons, an original composition by Los Angeles-based musician Matt Piper.

This video is 12.5 times faster than the actual speed. The ISS orbits around the Earth at a speed of 7.66 km/s (27,600 km/h or 17,100 mph). It completes an orbit in 92.68 minutes (15.54 orbits per day).

From the description of the video:

“Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 20 November 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home. Join us as we celebrate 20 years of international collaboration and research for the benefit of Earth with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s longest timelapse yet. “

M. Özgür Nevres

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