ISS Flight Over Africa with Milky Way

Newer Older

This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 30 on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots was taken December 29, 2011 from 20:55:05 to 21:14:09 GMT, on a pass from over central Africa, near southeast Niger, to the South Indian Ocean, southeast of Madagascar. The complete pass is over southern Africa to the ocean, focusing on the lightning flashes from local storms and the Milky Way rising over the horizon.

The Milky Way can be spotted as a hazy band of white light at the beginning of the video. The pass continues southeast toward the Mozambique Channel and Madagascar. The Lovejoy Comet can be seen very faintly near the Milky Way. The pass ends as the sun is rising over the dark ocean.

Video courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center

Via the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/

foltzwerk, Nathan Chantrell, and 33 other people added this video to their favorites.

  1. ouistitis 27 months ago | reply

    Absolutely stunning !

  2. lagana 27 months ago | reply

    just amazing.

  3. mhold1 27 months ago | reply

    Watched it three times: earth, wind, universe.

  4. Igracke 27 months ago | reply

    I am amazed!!!

  5. fashing 27 months ago | reply

    What type of equipment was used to make these images? Camera ect.. Did the scientists have to use any glare-reduction filters to get the earth and sky to balance?

keyboard shortcuts: previous photo next photo L view in light box F favorite < scroll film strip left > scroll film strip right ? show all shortcuts