We've seen some downright tear-jerking views of our planet in fast-forward, but have you ever hankered to see the Earth from the flying throne of Ham the Astrochimp?

In this astounding short film, half a decade's worth of launches from Projects Mercury and Gemini are turbo-charged into an informative six minutes. Be sure to stick around for the breathtaking orbital ballet of the later Gemini missions. These images come to us via Arizona State's "March to the Moon" image archive and were assembled by Vimeo user Joan.

[Via It's Okay To Be Smart]