This ISS Timelapse Compilation Is Fantastic

Stop what you're doing, set aside three minutes of your time and watch this. This newly released compilation of footage captured by astronauts aboard ISS missions 29, 30 and 31 is simply outstanding.

The 2-minute, 29-second montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station was compiled by editor David Peterson, whose previous treatment of astronaut footage, "All Alone in the Night," ranks among my favorite ISS videos of all time. "The goal with this sequence," he writes, "was to bring a bit more attention to the station itself, including the humans aboard it, particularly Don Pettit (appearing in the final shot) who took many of the sequences in this montage."

This ISS Timelapse Compilation Is Fantastic

The result, as you can clearly see, is fantastic: All the gobstopping Earthscapes and star-strewn vistas we've come to expect from the ISS-Flyover genre – there's even some great footage of sungrazing comet Lovejoy (not ISON!) – but with an ample helping of humanity thrown in. The views of Earth from the cupola, for instance? Those shots straight up give me chills.

You'll want to watch this one in full screen, HD, with headphones if you got em. I even followed Peterson's recommendation and drew the shades so I could watch this one in the dark. (It was worth it.)

[Via David Peterson]