Dropping Science: What Does it Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth?

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As promised, here is the second recent video from the International Space Station (ISS). This week we have time lapse footage taken by the station as it passes over the earth at night. Cities become fiery pits of light and lightning strikes flash out into space like the beacon of a lighthouse.

The recording begins over the Pacific and then heads roughly southwards across the Americas and down into Antarctica where it hits dawn. If you’re interested in playing “name that glowing dot” some of the cities and landmarks passed along the way are (in order):¬†Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and 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.

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As a reminder, we’re down at the Entertainment Media Show with David Tennant today and tomorrow. If you want to meet the good Doctor or pick up a signed copy of our own comic, please drop by to Earls Court.

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