Take a ride on the Texas Space Station in Maine
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough posted a cool video captured from the International Space Station (ISS), where he has been living and working since April.
The 24-second footage shows the United States and its major cities lit up at night as the station travels from Texas in the south to Maine in the northeast at an altitude of about 250 miles. Watch closely and you’ll spot a storm far below, while the end of the video features a sunrise.
“Hope you enjoy the drive from Texas to Maine as seen from Endeavor’s window on [the ] space station! ”Kimbrough said in a message accompanying the video.
– Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) October 9, 2021
As Kimbrough points out, the footage was captured from a window on Endeavor, the SpaceX capsule that performed the company’s first crewed test flight in 2020 and is now docked at the ISS after bringing in Crew-2 astronauts in space in April.
While the speed of Kimbrough’s video has been increased, the space station is still moving at a steady pace, traveling at five miles per second. This means that it revolves around our planet about once every 90 minutes, resulting in 16 orbits of Earth per day, and therefore 16 sunrises and sunsets.
Locate the station
Want to turn the tide and watch the ISS pass overhead? All you need is a clear sky and a little patience as you wait for it to come your way. It can cross your part of the world several times a week, or just once a month, it all depends on where you are. Fortunately, NASA has a notification service that notifies you of sightings the day before, so all you need to do is sign up, enter your zip code, and wait. This Digital Trends article explains how to register and offers other tips for spotting the space station.
Other spectacular sights visible from the orbiting outpost include the aurora, the magnificent phenomenon that occurs when particles from solar storms encounter gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The Aurora cabin can also be observed on the ground, but the ISS offers a special perspective with Earth below. Kimbrough’s colleague, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, recently posted a stunning image of what he said was one of the best auroras he’s ever seen from space.
Pesquet spent part of his six-month stay on the ISS capturing incredible snapshots of Earth, although you might be surprised at how much planning it takes to get the best images. Kimbrough also posted her batch of amazing photos.