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Photographing Earth At 17.000 MPH.

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posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 04:27 PM
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Is this really Earth we see in these photographs? It can’t be. There’s no blue ocean, golden continents, or clearly delineated socio-political boundaries. It must be some sort of cosmic record player…or maybe just a really great Photoshop…of something.


It´s none of this


In truth, these photos offer us a glimpse of Earth from the International Space Station. As the ISS circles Earth at roughly 17,000 miles per hour, Flight Engineer Don Pettit takes 30-second exposures with a stock digital camera, then stacks those exposures into single frames that capture 10-15 minutes on the ISS. The rotation is fast enough for long exposures to blur the earth into gilded landing strip beneath a steady rain of stars--a scene I would have never imagined as beautiful before today. Heck, it’s a scene I would have never even imagined before today.




Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit










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posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 04:50 PM
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so they take pictures for 30 seconds, and then overlap all of them?



anybody can do this with a camera on earth ( anybody with enough editing skill ) ( i have no editing skill lol )


and just overlap 30 seconds of some guy walking....


i say meh....




posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 04:54 PM
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Originally posted by SoymilkAlaska
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i say meh....


of course you do. your brain simply cannot handle the epicness of such a thing.
you know you're looking at a planet right??



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 04:55 PM
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and just overlap 30 seconds of some guy walking....


I don´t think that´ll look as beautiful as this.

You obviously don´t like them very much.

I respect your opinion


I kind of have a soft spot for fancy and colourful pictures



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 04:59 PM
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Originally posted by yourmaker

Originally posted by SoymilkAlaska
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i say meh....


of course you do. your brain simply cannot handle the epicness of such a thing.
you know you're looking at a planet right??



pffff.... i see this every day ^_^

and the world doesn't look like this when you look at it, you would have to suddenly become perfectly stationary relative to the world for it to look anything like this, before it suddenly got very far away from you.



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 05:16 PM
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Can't you just appreciate the nice pictures?



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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Thank you for my new wallpaper.
I think i'll play with these on photoshop also.



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 05:21 PM
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I appreciate great pictures and the skill it takes to produce them .
Thank you for sharing OP .


DP



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 05:25 PM
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Originally posted by Amadeo
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Can't you just appreciate the nice pictures?



your right.


i should enjoy them a little.


i need to be a happier person.



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 06:13 PM
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Glad you can appreciate them a little



posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 06:53 PM
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Don is a resourceful and creative astrophotographer, and this is certainly a novel way to do star trail images as far as I can tell. The principle, of course, is still the same, but the conditions are quite different. Excellent job I say, thanks Don!



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 05:33 AM
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Anybody with a camera on Earth CANNOT do this, seeing as how it was taken at the very limits of our atmosphere.

I say, amazing and I'm jealous.



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 07:29 AM
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Wow you rarely ever see good colour pics of Earth. Why is there so much colour????



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 07:52 AM
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posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 09:19 AM
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Exactly... it's a perspective thing



posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 09:59 AM
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Awesome photos, thanks for posting them!! S&F



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