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Coming Back Down To Our Fragile Oasis

From the blog post:

Saying goodbye to our friends and our home on the International Space Station was bittersweet after nearly six months in space. Although Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and I were eager to return to our beautiful Earth, we wanted to savor our last moments as we took a couple of laps ...

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This has been trending around the web on many sites I frequent, you have been truly visionary in your integration of public online activities and space adventures, good sir. I cannot thank you enough and you should know that you have done a wonderful service for me and other young (and young at heart) space enthusiasts around the globe giving people a way to come together and a source of unique perspective. Truly great work, inspirational, thanks again !


Ron, thank you (and all involved) for this great opportunity to experience a glimpse of the awesome views afforded from the ISS! As extremely moving as the perspectives are adding the Peter Gabriel music just put it over the top. I'm off for another view or three! Good job!


Amazing I felt like i was in space


Ron, thanks for your wonderful insights. Could you clarify whether the nighttime shots resemble what you saw with you eye from space? From your post about your camera settings, it seems the light from cities may be greatly exaggerated in your timelapse -- due to lengthy exposures and open lense settings -- and may leave people with the wrong impression about what earth looks like from space. Thank you. Paul Miller


Paul, Great question. In my opinion, time lapse photography like this is the closest we have been able to date to show what the Earth looks like from space. Having said that, there are some differences. First of all the apparent motion around the Earth is sped up considerably. Actually the Earth gently floats by as we orbit and does not appear as the quick and sometimes jumpy motion of time lapse. Also the night views are much darker in reality. Although the city lights look fairly accurate, the details on the ground that we can see are much less than is visible in these long exposure time lapse sequences. For instance I don’t believe it’s possible to make out the turquoise color of the Caribbean in the dark of the night with the naked eye but that color stands out in this time-lapse. The flashes of light you see in these sequences I feel are fairly representative of lightening storms at night. Although the motion is sped up, only a portion of the actual lightening flashes are captured. In the end it works out fairly accurately. Lastly, I would say you can actually see a great deal more stars with the naked eye at night once your eyes adjust to the darkness. Thanks for asking, Ron


Hello Ron, there is a new Filter technology for the AFS 14-24/2.8 you have been using with the D3s in the ISS. It may help solve some of the exposure problems you have been experiencing. See my separate mail (to Webmaster (at) sincerely

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