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These incredible photos from the ISS make Earth look like a video game

These incredible photos from the ISS make Earth look like a video game 36

Between these amazing shots and his many wacky microgravity experiments, it’s abundantly clear that International Space Station astronaut Don Pettit has perhaps the coolest job on (and off of) this planet. Here’s his collection of long exposure “star trail” photographs that transform the Earth and the cosmic firmament into a pachinko parlor. Behold Pettit’s shots desktop-sized below, and here’s his explanation of his shooting technique: 

My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.
 
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You can find more of these astounding views at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Flickr page. And for another view of the ISS blazing across the heavens, check out this time-lapse video.

Source io9.com

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Well Syria,Afghanistan and Gaza are definitely call of duty then

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Carl, have you ever watched it orbit overhead before?

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Download the Nasa app and it will use your location via GPS and under iss it will give dates and times along with longitude and latitude and direction of flight….we watch it all the time with the naked eye and sometimes binoculars. ….it’s awesome to view

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No, but I’ve seen videos of people doing just that, with telescopes and the like. On Youtube, of course.

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Maybe an outpost, for all we know

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ISS, the space station, not the terrorist people.

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