If you are one of those who dream of going into the space and have a look back at the blue planet, science educator James Drake has something for you to offer.
Merging together 600 images of the Earth that were taken by astronauts from space since the 1960s, Drake has created a minute-long video that gives the illusion of how astronauts from the International Space Station see the planet.
The stunning video that starts in the Pacific Ocean and flies over North and South America before sunrise over Antarctica, makes you feel that you are flying over the Earth yourself.
Drake writes in his blog, Infinity Imagined:
A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie 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 Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.
Watch the video:
Here some more striking pictures of the Earth taken from space: