Magnificent Time-Lapse Video Shot from the International Space Station

For the most part, the internet can be one superhighway of clutter, commercialism and useless information. It can be the repository of some of the most inane things. However, every once in a while there comes a breath of fresh air, and this time it comes in the form of a time-lapse video. Dmitry Pisanko presents to us The ISS Symphony, a spectacular video edited together which takes viewers on the ride of their lives through Earth as viewed from the International Space Station in magnificent 4K ultra high-definition.


Pisanko is a regular Youtuber but he ups his game with this stunning piece of work. The ISS symphony (ISS meaning International Space Station) is four minutes long, taken from a 40-minute time-lapse video that was produced by Pisanko using 110 GB of images obtained from the ISS. The original time-lapse was made using 95,600 images, says the broadsheet Russia Today.

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For effect, Pisanko scored the piece with epic music for the abbreviated time-lapse. It took him close to three months to locate the perfect score for this video, which is entitled ‘Experience’ and is composed by Ludovico Einaudi. Ever since the The ISS Symphony was published on June 17, it has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

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The Russian photo blogger edited the video to create a piece showing the International Space Station surveying our planet. An Aurora Borealis can be seen, not to mention scattered thunderstorms seen from above as well as the launching of a satellite. Over 95,600 NASA photo files were taken from the International Space Station, and it took a month of painstaking photo editing to create this grandiose time-lapse video. The sifting process alone took Pisanko three days and three nights to accomplish.

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The International Space Station is a joint venture run by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the equivalent agencies from Russia, Japan and Canada and ofcourse, NASA. Thanks to NASA and ESA who share the space station’s pictures with the public, some creative minded people out there like Pisanko put the images to excellent use.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.