What Does It Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth at Night?

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James Drake created this epic time-lapse by downloading and compiling hundreds of still images taken by NASA's International Space Station as it orbited the planet at night. The photos are publicly available on the NASA site, the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. To fully appreciate the stunning detail, watch full screen in 1080 HD.

For more videos from James Drake, visit his blog, Infinity Imagined. For more photographs from NASA, visit http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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