A Flight Over Earth

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It's no secret -- we're a little obsessed with space and total suckers for a good time-lapse video. The video above is both

In 56 seconds, a compilation of pictures taken from a camera on the front of the International Space Station answers a simple question: What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?  

According to the official description, "the route begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, multiple cities in Texas and New Mexico, Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon." 

If you squint, you can also make out Earth's ionosphere (a thin, yellow line), the stats of our galaxy, and a quick cameo of a sattelite at 0:55. 

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Claire Lawton
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