A literally breathtaking view of Earth, as filmed by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik during a spacewalk

By Tom Yulsman | November 29, 2017 2:06 pm

If you know any flat-earth types, you might share this with them…

Video shot by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik from the International Space Station on Nov. 7, 2017 (Source: Randy Bresnik, Twitter)

Sometimes, all it takes is a stunning new view of the home planet to make all the complications of every day life go away. For me, at least, that was absolutely the case with the video above.

It was shot with a Go-Pro camera during a spacewalk by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik as he and his comrade Joe Acaba worked outside of the International Space Station. After he posted it Twitter on Monday, it promptly went viral. As I’m writing this, it has been retweeted more than 13,000 times, and it has attracted nearly 1,000 comments.

In his Tweet, Bresnik did not indicate what landmass the space station was passing over as he shot the video. But it is clearly central Mexico. Click here for a view from Google Earth that confirms it.

At about 25 seconds into the clip, look to the extreme left. The southern tip of the Baja Peninsula becomes visible just above some of the space station’s solar panels.

Randy Bresnik

NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Joe Acaba performed a spacewalk on Nov. 27, 2017 to install equipment and carry out maintenance on the International Space Station. NASA did not indicate which astronaut is pictured in this image. (Source: NASA)

Bresnik and Acaba spent 6 hours and 49 minutes on their spacewalk. The two astronauts installed a new camera system on the Canadarm2 robotic arm, an HD camera on the starboard truss of the station, and they replaced a fuse on an extension of the robotic arm. They also carried out other maintenance activities.

It was demanding work. But Bresnik also was inspired by the view. “Sometimes on a #spacewalk, you just have to take a moment to enjoy the beauty of our planet Earth,” he wrote on Twitter.

I’d say that’s also good advice for all of us down here on the ground.

  • OWilson

    I saw this on my phone at lunchtime.

    Even on the phone the HD was spectacular and I couldn’t wait to get home to see it writ large on my 55 inch Samsung!



    • Amaya Hiko

      Are you now making advertisement?

      • OWilson

        Why not? There’s even more!

        When I showed my friend the video on my aging company Blackberry, he pulled it up on his Iphone and I saw the difference (as well as how quickly it loaded).

        So I spent a lot of time this weekend setting up my NEW Iphone!



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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