Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut, spent more than six months aboard the ISS during his stint on the International Space Station. Gerst had taken more than 12,500 pictures of the Earth and prepared va time lapse video for 6 minutes.
During his 6 months sojourn on the ISS, the German astronaut had taken more than 12,500 pictures of Earth using different camera angles and techniques. Mr. Gerst was tasked with the lab work on ISS and completing scientific tasks related to ESA’s Blue Dot Mission. Gerst had set up an intervalometer which enables him to program the camera to take pictures at different intervals of time.
The German astronaut returned to Earth on November 10trh. The ESA released the UHD time lapse video which was shot by Mr. Gerst. The video was a treasure trove of information and featured rare photos of space and Earth taken at different angles and periods of time. It includes breathtaking snaps of the auroras, clouds, sunrises, lightning, and cities at night, oceans, International Space Station, stars, the Milky Way and the life preserving thin band of atmosphere which protects us from the harmful cosmic rays from the outer space.
The video prepared by Alexander Gerst can be viewed on the YouTube here. The recommended video’s resolution is 4k.
It is not for the first time that a time lapse video of the Earth from outer space has been released. However most of the videos made use of the ISS photos released on the internet. These pictures have been morphed and edited. The latest video is the raw and unedited version which was taken by a single person. All pictures were clicked on board the ISS which is orbiting Earth at a speed of about 17,000 miles per hour.