How Astronauts Shoot Those Time-Lapse Videos From Space

Astronaut Mike Fossum shares how he shoots those stunning images of Earth from the International Space Station

Various edits of NASA's stunning time-lapse videos of Earth have been going viral since they were made publicly available via the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Here is the Atlantic Video channel's version, for example:

How do astronauts on board the International Space Station shoot these amazing images? In this short documentary from NASA hosted by astronaut Mike Massimino, Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum talks about how he created the photos that became some of the most eye-opening videos of the year. Aside from a Nikon D3 camera and plenty of moonlight, the most important ingredient is practice -- a benefit of those long-duration missions, he says. 

For more videos from NASA, check out the NASAtelevision YouTube channel

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

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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