A New 4K Video From a NASA Astronaut Shows The Beauty of Earth From Space

Thursday, 05 January 2017 - 3:41PM
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Thursday, 05 January 2017 - 3:41PM
A New 4K Video From a NASA Astronaut Shows The Beauty of Earth From Space
Neil Armstrong made history by being the first man to set foot on the Moon, but NASA astronaut Jeff Williams has looked at the Earth from orbit longer than any other American—534 days in total. During his last trip aboard the ISS, Jeff compiled all of those hours spent staring out a tiny window and turned them into something breathtaking. Titled "Jeff's Earth", his video compilation is comprised of still shots and small clips from out the window of the ISS as it hovers in Earth's orbit. Paired with dramatic music and voiceovers from Williams himself, the five-minute video feels like a surreal episode of Planet Earth:

 

The footage comes from the ISS's ultra high-definition Earth-viewing camera suite, and is in stunning 4K resolution. But after gazing at Earth for so long, did Williams ever get sick of it? According to Space.com, absolutely not: "What struck me was just the overall beauty of the planet, and specifically with the blues of the oceans and the whites of the cloud formation."

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Cloud formations are a special point of interest for Jeff. He notes that "Every sunset, every sunrise is unique especially in its patterns of cloud formations," though he confides that "sand dunes became one of my favorite things to take pictures of." 

Williams admit that memories fade quickly when an astronaut comes back to Earth, so he felt it was important to capture the view, both for himself and others. According to him, his goal in creating "Jeff's Earth" was to "maybe grow in our appreciation of those things that are unique from Earth."

You can find more of his stunning photography on his twitter




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