As the ISS hurtles in orbit around the Earth, an eternal freefall at 17,100 mph, its cameras, and the astronauts on board, are capturing images and footage of our planet below -- much of which is from NASA, and therefore public domain.
It is this NASA footage -- taken from ISS expeditions 28, 29, 30, 31 and 34, shot from 2011 to 2014 -- that has become the subject of a new project by France-based filmmaker Guillaume Juin. Taking a series of stunning shots, he has created a supercut of time lapses, edited together into a short film he has called Astronaut.
"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, throughout this journey to space, something astoundingly beautiful and strange at the same time," Juin wrote.
"At 1:11 we can see a little refuelling shuttle disintegrating back to earth. At 1:20, it's a little telecom satellite that is launched 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."
Around 80GB worth of footage from the NASA Crew Earth Observation Videos went into the 2:50 film, processed using After Effects and Premiere to clean up the footage -- de-noising, removing dead pixels, cleaning up flickering and smoothing out colours -- to create the magnificent edit you see below.