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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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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