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Mind-blowing animation shows the speed of the International Space Station

Britt Jones

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Mind-blowing animation shows the speed of the International Space Station

Featured Image Credit: airplanemode/YouTube

The speed of the International Space Station has been shown through amazing animation.

Space is usually where you will see this craft, but sometimes you can see it and even track it in low altitudes on Earth.

The International Space Station routinely conducts a flyby all over the world as it orbits us.

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But what does it look like up close?

A video posted to YouTube might give you a good idea.

The channel Airplane Mode released animated footage of the ISS flyby and it’s incredible to see.

Check it out:

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From this video, you can see exactly what the station sees, and it’s a wonderful view.

Commenters were just as taken aback, writing their thoughts on the ISS.

One person typed jokingly, making light of the speed: “We should all be thankful for the bravery of the astronauts who daringly flew the ISS at such a low altitude just to give us this amazing footage.”

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Another was amazed at the speed: “If you can spot it at night, it's really amazing how quickly it goes from horizon to horizon.”

It also sparked some philosophical thoughts about humanity and the universe.

Someone wrote: “This only makes me appreciate the size of the Earth even more. The fact that mountains are only in frame for a fraction of a second and it would take an hour and a half version of this video to complete one circle is crazy to me. We are so tiny.”

The International Space Station is impressively fast. Credit: Airplane Mode/ Youtube
The International Space Station is impressively fast. Credit: Airplane Mode/ Youtube
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While another added: “Next you're gonna tell me the Sun actually is a happy baby's face and our true overlords are the Teletubbies.”

If you haven’t seen the ISS before, another person had some tips to share, writing: “For anyone unaware, you can see the iss every now and then at night near ur location. You just need to look up iss fly bys then type in (near ur location) two days in a row I got lucky seeing a satellite and the iss 2 minutes apart. There are also lives on yt of astronauts speaking in the iss they sometimes say hello to you. Honestly it’s so great.

“Forgot to mention it happened a third time with the iss flying over with a satellite about a month later and we started seeing a bunch of random stars moving, turns out there was a meteor shower at the same time and about 3 more satellites flew by (I’m sure to avoid being hit with a meteor).”

But really, the video would make a fantastic bedtime watch, as a user pointed out: “I'd really watch a 3 hour version where the iss goes around the earth twice with some chill ambient music.”

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How cool is that?

Topics: Technology, International Space Station, NASA, Space, Science, YouTube

Britt Jones
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