Tuesday, April 24, 2012

One of the best time lapses yet

Perhaps the most gorgeous sequence ever from the International Space Station.

What you see over the course of the flight: :01 -- Stars over southern United States  :08 -- US west coast to Canada  :21 -- Central Europe to the Middle East  :36 -- Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean  :54 -- Storms over Africa  1:08 -- Central United States  1:20 -- Midwest United States  1:33 -- United Kingdom to Baltic Sea  1:46 -- Moonset  1:55 -- Northern United States to Eastern Canada  2:12 -- Aurora Australis over the Indian Ocean  2:32 -- Comet Lovejoy  2:53 -- Aurora Borealis over Hudson Bay  3:06 -- United Kingdom to Central Europe.

The song on the soundtrack is Howard Blake's "Walking in the Air."

The lyrics:

We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky 
The people far below are sleeping as we fly 
I'm holding very tight 
I'm riding in the midnight blue 
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you 

Far across the world 
The villages go by like dreams 
The rivers and the hills 
The forests and the streams 
Children gaze open-mouthed 
Taken by surprise 
Nobody down below believes their eyes 

We're surfing in the air 
We're swimming in the frozen sky 
We're drifting over icy 
Mountain floating by 

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep 
Arousing of a mighty monster from its sleep

We're walking in the air 
We're floating in the midnight sky 
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

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