HD Space Video: Astronauts' 1080p Tour of Earth's Striking Landscapes

by Chris Anderson Subscribe to Chris Anderson's posts Posted Jun 1st 2011 07:59 PM



In the HD space video posted by Space Rip, Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA's astronaut team takes viewers through the stunning footage by describing those places special to astronauts whenever they get a chance to sit back and enjoy the view.

The smooth talking Wilkinson quickly shows he could have a second career as a Bob Ross-esque PBS painter as he describes the amazing art of Earth unfolding under a canvas of clouds instead of describing how to paint happy little trees.

Somebody give the man a paint brush, TV show contract and let him paint happy little spaceships.

The compiled video tour starts off with a flyover of the coast of Namibia. Wilkinson says astronauts think Namibia is one most beautiful sites a person can see when flying.

The video continues with views of Sicily and Italy, the coast of the Kamchatka peninsula and its volcanoes, China's snowy Qindoa Peninsula, Iran's Zagros mountains, the North Coast of Australia, Utah's Great Salt Lake, possibly Texas's Big Bend area, Florida and the Keys followed by the Bahama Island and Cuba.

The Northern Coast of Chile makes an appearance along with the Andes Mountains.

The video of Earth from space finishes with a view of a thunderhead over the Amazon Basin.

Impressive. While space tourism is likely to start at around $200,000 per person for a sub-orbital flight on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, (which just made its first feathered flight) one can only imagine that after more people get a chance to see these HD space video views for real, there might be a bigger push for space travel as leisure or adventure activities for tourists.

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Dear Chris Anderson,

Sorry to be a writing grump, but it should be "astronauts'" (apostrophe at the end of the word) and Namibia (not Nambia). Please run a spell and grammar check before you post.


June 02 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think this is beautiful it lets the kids see our earth, and all the area on this earth.

June 02 2011 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Celine Kim

simply awesome! such kind of videos always reminds me that we as human is really insignificantly small...

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JoAnna Marie Toth

Yes, awesome pictures! It makes you really think and see things differently, doesn't it? So hard to understand the reality that we are basically hanging in space, a ball hanging in space, with water all over it that does not fall off, just very enlightening, isn't it? It is so interesting, what a great way to teach everyone, it is really the only way, because it is too difficult to explain and too hard for someone to grasp as reality without photos of it all. Thank you to our astronauts for all they do to enlighten and teach us all!!

June 01 2011 at 11:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Wow. This is breathtakingly amazing.

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