Video of the Day: What an Astronaut's Camera Sees

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Ever wonder what it's like to look back on your planet from space? Many children spend days dreaming of becoming an astronaut, but few ever make it more than few miles off of the ground. And looking down from the tiny window of an airplane, while stunning -- or terrifying -- that first time you experience it, is nothing like the view from a Space Shuttle.

This seven-minute video, which is narrated by Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA's astronaut team, will take you on a quick tour around the world. It highlights all of Earth's most impressive landscapes as they were captured by digital video cameras carried into space, beginning with the very dry coast of Namibia in southwestern Africa, speckled with red sand dunes that "astronauts say is one of the most beautiful sites that you can get when you're flying."

From there, the tour takes us past an impact crater in Algeria; the Italian island of Sicily with cloud cover over Mount Edna; the smooth eastern coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, a finger of Chinese land that juts into the ocean; some large islands off the coast of Australia; the Great Salt Lake in Utah, which has incredible discoloration because of a railroad trestle that runs through the middle of the lake, making it more salty on the northern side; and more.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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