The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit, it serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology and other fields. The Station is also suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars. The ISS is maintened at an orbital altitude of between 330 km (205 mi) and 410 km (255 mi). It completes 15.7 orbits per day at an average speed of 7,706.6 m/s (27,743.8 km/h, 17,239.2 mph).

This is my personal rendering of the astonishing photographic work of the astronauts around the Earth, the purpose is to focus on the super fast, dizzy aspect of being in orbit. All credits goes to Crew Earth Observations and Carl Orff for his breathtaking masterpiece; I just edited, colored and mixed it, enjoying every frame of this magnificent beloved scenario.

Timelapses and images courtesy: Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Music by Carl Orff - O Fortuna
End Quote by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola - Oratio de Hominis Dignitate (1486)

a video by Fabio Palmieri

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