ISS Timelapse: West Coast of the Americas

  • Released Thursday, October 17, 2013

The photographs used to make this video were taken on August 19, 2011 from 08:56:00 to 09:22:18 GMT from the International Space Station (ISS). This nighttime overpass begins over the Pacific Ocean just southeast of Alaska. As the ISS heads to the southeast, the city lights of Vancouver and the Seattle area come into view, followed by other west coast cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Local time for these cities is approximately 1am. South of the Baja Peninsula, lightning storms can be seen on the Pacific Ocean coastline, with clouds overhead. As the video continues, the ISS passes over Central America and down the west coast of South America. The ISS passes over Lake Titicaca and the capital city of Bolivia, La Paz, and as the great Salar de Uyuni passes below, the sun rises, ending the image sequence.

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Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

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