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Around the world in 80 seconds - amazing Space Station video of an earth orbit

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earth-from-spaceTHIS astonishing new video from the International Space Station gives the viewer an idea of what it is like to circumnavigate the globe from 220 miles up.

The whirlwind video tour of the planet is a compilation of time-lapse images shot from the International Space Station (ISS).

Science teacher James Drake spliced together the images to create the footage which he posted on YouTube.

He took 600 free-to-access images on the website The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, and knitted them together to produce the amazing view of North and South America.

The film starts over the Pacific Ocean and then moves over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.

Some cities and landmarks are visible including Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, various large conurbations in Texas, New Mexico, Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Lightning can be seen over the Pacific Ocean.

The Earth's ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy can be made out in the fascinating footage.

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, where Mr Drake downloaded the pictures from, has been storing over a million images from space, beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s.

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