When Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon, it was a triumph of technology. Not only was the Apollo 11 crew the first to successfully reach another object in our galaxy and return from it, they were able to do it while being broadcast live to our homes right across the globe. Forty-three years later, the moon landing—while still historically impressive—has come to look more like a Nirvana music video.
This is because right now the International Space Station is beaming back footage and images from space for upload on the Internet for us all to see in high definition. Don Pettit is one astronaut whose images have contributed to the making of this film, nearly three and half minutes of the earth and space as seen from the low-orbiting ISS. What’s more, Pettit is up there right now, hovering over us all and blogging about it too.
This video is truly humbling. You can see flashes of lightning from above, which seem so immense from down here but from up there just look like camera flashes. Catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights as well, or the golden ring of our trusty-yet-much-besieged ozone layer.
If your space fetish is not satiated by this video, you can also see a whole bunch of stills that were tweeted from the International Space Station in 2010 from Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock here, or see more videos at the Gateway to Astronaut Photography over here.