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Alexander Gerst, Astrophotobug, Posts Array of Images (Video)

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Astronaut Alexander Gerst. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images, file)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 11:20 AM

German astronaut Alexander Gerst became a social media sensation while taking time-lapse photographs from the International Space Station and now he's released a six-minute version of his space photography that features some 12,500 images.

According to the Washington Post, Gerst would keep his camera running in a window while he went off to conduct experiments in other portions of the space station. The new video features his best video shots.



"The video includes auroras (several, in fact) clouds, stars, oceans, lit-up cities, lightning and glimpses of both the ISS and other spacecraft," wrote the Post's Rachel Feltman. "Even if you don't have time to watch the entire thing, you've got to catch the last aurora at the end (at 5:28)."

Laura Rosenfeld of Tech Times said the video gives viewers another look at space the way they have never seen it before.

"Of course, you see a lot of the International Space Station itself in the video, which takes you back down to Earth, so to speak. However, much of this video really does look unreal," Rosenfeld wrote.

"It seems like we're seeing more of space and getting more access to it than ever before. As you may recall, Gerst's colleague, American astronaut Reid Wiseman, found his bit of Internet fame after posting some amazing photos and Vines from space on his Twitter account," Rosenfeld continued.

Gerst wrote on his European Space Agency blog in November that his experiments on ISS involved a variety of medicine and biology research.

"Much of the research in medicine and biology is looking at helping astronauts preparing for even longer missions further away from our planet, but the results are directly applicable to people on Earth," Gerst wrote on his blog. "Having six people living in close quarters for six months in a controlled but extreme environment is an opportunity for many researchers to study changes to our bodies."

"We collect samples of bacteria on and in our bodies, we record our immune system state through regular blood, urine and saliva samples, play with different diets to see the effects, have our brains scanned and do ultrasound on our hearts."

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German astronaut Alexander Gerst became a social media sensation while taking time-lapse photographs from the International Space Station and now he's released a six-minute version of his space photography that features some 12,500 images.
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