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Footage from the International Space Station Gets a TRON Treatment

Christoph Malin has a thing for old movies and space. The Austrian photographer/videographer released his latest project this week, which blends his passions with footage from the International Space Station.

"Do you remember 1982's "TRON" movie?" writes Malin in the video's intro. "The plot: A computer programmer (epic: Jeff Bridges) is digitized inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. I loved the light cycle races and strange solar wind ships..."

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ISS Startrails - TRONized from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.

Malin applied the same "light cycle" technology to the International Space Station, which rotates around the earth and can be spotted at times during sunrise and sunset. He says he archived the video by ""stacking" image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station" to create star trails and showing satellite tracks, meteor paths, and lightning corridors that are visible in ISS footage.

The stacks were then animated with Apple Motion and edited with Final Cut Pro X. For more information, check out Malin's Vimeo page, which includes links to software and footage used.

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