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.


And thanks to all the high-def imagery from the International Space Station in recent years, that appreciation is still growing. The Internet is now awash with stunning time-lapse ISS videos, showing celestial views like a big swoop over the Pacific, auroras and city lights over the U.S., and thunderstorms over Africa.


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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Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.

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.