Flying Around the World ~225 Miles Up
Look at this remarkable stitched-together film of pics taken from the International Space Station. Supposedly over North and South America though I have a hard time figuring that out. At one point I think I see Baja California and the Gulf of California (we fly over north to south) but it is unclear. It seems that the well-defined lake late in the video should be identifiable, but I don’t recognize it (identified later, read on).
Looking at North and South America in Google Earth, I’m right about Baja California – the curves of the land around it’s northern end match the curves from the overflight view, and you can see the lights of Puerto Peñasco right where they should be. So we are heading south over Central America toward South America at that point. You can clearly see the lights of what must be greater Mexico City, and I believe we swoop out over the Pacific soon after, to cruise in over Peru.
At 0:55 on this short video, you can clearly see the outline of famous Lake Titicaca, straddling the Peru-Bolivia border.
The sunrise at the end is neat, but the lightning flashes in the storms are neater. Check it out.
The International Space Station is maintained at an altitude of between 176 and 283 miles.
H/T: Bad Astronomy
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