Last week, the NASA team and the European Space Agency (ESA) blew us away with their first 8K video made from space. In this you could see the day to day of the astronauts who live and work on the International Space Station.
And while this is a small achievement, it is not the first time that NASA has been able to provide quality images from outer space . To date, the agency has sent different videos, some in 4K format, recorded from outside the Earth.
Today we wanted to gather up to ten impressive videos recorded from space in one place. If you are passionate about all of this, go for the popcorn. We have prepared for you a selection of the best of the best. Ready to see it? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Now!
1. Earth from Space
What if, before going to explore Space, we try to get to know ourselves a little more? This first video that we want to offer you is, without a doubt, impressive. We are facing a compilation of up to 17 images , made by NASA, that show the beauty of our planet from space.
As explained from the body, the astronauts and cosmonauts of the International Space Station capture images of the Earth from the windows every day . Year after year, this is millions of photos, most of the time impressive.
To choose the best ones, the team at the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston spent part of their time choosing the best photos taken of Earth in 2017 . And all of them appear in a video. There is an Aurora Borealis in Canada, a sunrise in the Philippines, the potassium mines in Utah, the sand dunes of the Namibian desert, Lake Alakol in Kazakhstan, Mount Etna in Sicily, or Hurricane Jose, located over the Lesser Antilles. And so on until seventeen. A delight.
2. The sound of silence
Observing things from a distance always allows us to obtain a much more objective view. It is the same with the Earth. The images were captured from space , to show us all the incomparable beauty of our planet.
They are accompanied by a wonderful version of The Sound of Silence by Disturbed, a heavy metal band from Illinois , which won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance with it.
3. Images of the Moon
The fascination that this satellite produces is infinite. If you are a real lunatic, this video will make you fall in love. It actually has a bit of a cheat. Because it is a digital model of the Moon in 3D , built from different global elevation maps and mosaics of images made through NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The composition by NASA accompanies Claude Debussy's Claude de Luna performed by the Pops National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. All of this was part of a creation to celebrate NASA's 60th anniversary.
4. A tour of the Moon in 4K
Let's now continue with a virtual tour, also of the Moon, that NASA published in 4K format , thanks to the data obtained through the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
This video offers, in addition to different images and views of the Moon, information about the different poles, their characteristics, spaces and other interesting data obtained from the lunar territory.
5. How do you live in space?
We have seen very transcendental videos about how everything is in space, but the truth is that many times we ask ourselves, how do you live up there? Suni Williams, Commander of Expedition 33, offers us in this video a tour of the International Space Station. In this video you will be able to move around the different rooms, find out where the astronauts sleep, what they eat, how they brush their teeth and how they relieve themselves. Everything in zero gravity and under his philosophy of life up there: Harmony, Tranquility and Unity.
6. A journey through the galaxies
They are 6,000 light years away, but we can travel through thanks to the famous Hubble telescope. The sequence that you will see through this video offers a panoramic view of a dense group of galaxies, which appeared billions of years ago in space. The changes that are observed in the galaxies during the tour show us the changes in the structure and appearance of these galaxies during cosmic history.
7. The transit of Mercury
It is a very strange astronomical event. It occurs thirteen times every century: Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun. This is called a "planetary transit." Mercury orbits in a plane that slopes from Earth's orbit, so that it moves above or below our line of sight to the sun .
This transit of Mercury occurred on May 9, 2016. The images were recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The beauty resulting from the phenomenon is already worth it, but it is also that this happens serves to study the way in which planets and stars move through space .
8. The solar flare
It happened on April 17, 2017 and was captured by NASA through this video that we can enjoy today. An active region on the right side of the sun released a mid-level solar flare . This was noticed on Earth, in some radio blackouts. Actually the type of light that this phenomenon generates is invisible, but the images have been color coded to make it easier for us to visualize it.
9. Jupiter in 4K
The fascination of contemplating other planets is incomparable. And these images of Jupiter will prove us right. The images were provided by the Hubble telescope and offer unseen details of Jupiter . In fact, with these images you can even contemplate the winds, clouds, storms and atmospheric chemistry that are on the planet. They are very beautiful, yes, but they are also useful: because thanks to these images, scientists can observe and study the changes in the planets over time.
10. Liquid in space
We end this special of impressive space videos with a most curious experiment. Studying how you can live in space and what are the phenomena that occur up there is one of NASA's priorities. In this video, astronauts from the International Space Station carry out research to dissolve an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water . The images were captured with a camera that can multiply by four the resolution offered by normal high definition cameras.