When German astronaut Alexander Gerst returned home from his six-month Blue Dot mission on the international Space Station (ISS) in November, he came back to earth with thousands of awe-inspiring images of earth from space that he released as a six-minute video for Christmas.
12,500 4k images were combined to make one of the most fascinating videos of our planet today. The mix of angles, sometimes showcasing the space station at work, offers a unique view that is worth seeing.
During his various missions aboard the ISS, Gerst would set up his camera to capture timelapse images. As the video’s description states, “marvel at the auroras, sunrises, clouds, stars, oceans, the Milky Way, the International Space Station, lightning, cities at night, spacecraft and the thin band of atmosphere that protects us from space.”
Gerst is only the third German to have visited the ISS and has surely come back with a gift for us all. Check out the video below. If you have a 4K display or TV, be sure to check it out in its full resolution.