Out of this World Time Lapse: “Astronaut – A Journey to Space”

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We’ve never seen anything like it, and we’re guessing you haven’t either — a time lapse called “Astronaut, A Journey to Space” so compelling that you have to wonder: “how would I react if I were actually up there?”

I wouldn’t do well, I can see that now.

Heck, I can’t even watch the pre-show space-age rollercoaster sequences they show in movie theatres.

Yup, I get dizzy.

But I forced myself to watch all 2:50 of this time lapse edited by filmmaker and planet5D reader Guillaume JUIN, and it was astonishing.

It was only a week ago that VSS Enterprise (better known as SpaceShipTwo) crashed in the Mojave Desert, killing the co-pilot and seriously wounding the pilot.

Yet space still beckons as it always has, and the rush towards space tourism hurtles forward unabated — even as we haven’t figured out how mere mortals will react once they’re up that high.

No matter. Guillaume has done a masterful job pulling together 80 gigabytes of still photos taken on multiple expeditions to the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014.

And to the professional astronauts and cosmonauts, men and women who have actually gone up there: we are gobsmacked and grateful for your competence, bravery, discipline, romanticism, and curiosity.

Astronaut – A journey to space

Via Vimeo Description:

What does astronaut see from up there? From the red soil of africa, the blue water of oceans, to the green lights of the poles and yellow light of human activity, discover, throught this journey to space, something astoundingly beautiful and strange at the same time.

I wanted to do something different from what has been done before with thoses shots. Something more dynamic and fast. After all, ISS travel through space at 28.000km/h! There are also more recent footage that have never been used (at least I think…) in other edits.

All the credit goes to the crew members of ISS expeditions 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, shot from 2011 to 2014.

The international Space Station weigh 377 tons, orbits the earth at around 350km from the surface, and does one spin around the earth in 1h30, at 28.000k/h! At 1'11 we can see a little refueling shuttle desintegrating back to earth. At 1'20, it's a little telecom satellitte that is launch in orbit. The little green and purple lights you can see at 1'57 are respectively fishing boats and oil platforms offshore with the big city of Bangkok nearby.

All the footage (around 80GB of pictures) was processed throught after effects/premiere, denoised for some shots, removal of dead pixels for some shots, deflickering, and simple color grading (didnt want to change the already incredible look! just curves, saturation, and some blue crushing). Don't hesitate to comment and ask questions about the video!

Video courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center eol.jsc.nasa.gov/Videos/CrewEarthObservationsVideos

Editing: Guillaume JUIN

Music: Astronaut – Vincent Tone

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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