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Watch: 'This Is Our Planet' in time-lapse
A teenager in Croatia stitches together NASA images to make one of the Internet's fastest, most spectacular time-lapse videos of Earth from space.
Fri, Jul 06, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Image: NASA Johnson Space Center
For everything that a half-century of space exploration has taught us about space, some of its most salient lessons aren't about the final frontier at all — they're about ourselves. Ever since NASA released the famous "blue marble
" photo in 1972, space travel has given humanity a new appreciation of the planet that birthed us.
But just when it seemed our minds could be blown no further, 18-year-old Croatian Tomislav Safundžić
posted the following clip on Vimeo
. Using imagery from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas, Safundžić created a fast-paced flyby that eschews the usual serenity of these time-lapse videos. Set to an urgent-yet-ethereal musical score by the XX
, the result is a quick, compelling look at our home planet from the outside:
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