It takes 90 minutes for the International Space Station to circle Earth completely but this timelapse treat shows the orbit in less than a minute.
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst set up a regular camera to take sporadic pictures as the ISS completed a circuit of planet earth – and the results are incredible.
The short film captures a cloud-covered Earth, the aurora and sunlight covering the ISS – as well as making star-gazing easy work.
Each orbit the station moves around 2,200km to the west in relation to 90 minutes before.
The pictures/video was made from the Cupola, Europe’s observatory module onboard the ISS.
Gerst, from Germany, who is on the ISS until November, is on the ESA Blue Dot mission. He worked as a geophysicist and volcanologist before he was chosen as an ESA astronaut in 2009.