Jul 16, 2012 / 2,776 notes

These photos offer us a glimpse of Earth from the International Space Station. As the ISS circles Earth at roughly 17,000 miles per hour, Flight Engineer Don Pettit takes 30-second exposures with a stock digital camera, then stacks those exposures into single frames that capture 10-15 minutes on the ISS. The rotation is fast enough for long exposures to blur the earth into gilded landing strip beneath a steady rain of stars—a scene I would have never imagined as beautiful before today. Heck, it’s a scene I would have never even imagined before today.

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