Leave your worries behind and watch this live stream from space
With all the horror in the world at the moment, take a few minutes and watch this soothing NASA live stream from space, recorded from the ISS.
If you are on social media enough, it’s easy to feel like the world is currently on fire. It’s a little like the late 60s, just with more devastating weapons and a much more effective means of conveying misinformation to the masses. And memes. So many memes.
It’s a scary time, with very real consequences looming around every corner, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. And we thought 2016 was bad.
This isn’t exactly new – it began streaming on October 22, 2016, but it is worth a look. It’s soothing watching the International Space Station fly around the world at over 17,000 miles an hour. It’s almost trance-like.
The ISS orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, and the video includes a map of where it is at any given time – along with a closer look at the surface, which gives you a sense of the velocity. As a bonus for space enthusiasts, that also helps to convey exactly why re-entry is so difficult and dangerous.
If you watch long enough you will see a few repeats – as the ISS reaches the dark side of the Earth every 45 minutes, there is a brief moment when the stream is lost. During this time and any other communication breaks, NASA re-airs earlier footage.
And if that’s not your thing, NASA has its education live stream which is always fun.
So take a break from social media and the news. Put on some headphones, crank the volume on the minimalist electronica music, and watch the world fly by.