European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet has taken many pictures of Earth and beyond since arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this year. Some of his photographic efforts have been impressive, but the French astronaut is now turning his attention to a new project that involves taking pictures that attempts to transmit the high speed at which the space station orbits the Earth.
The orbit speed of the International Space Station is about 28,000 km/h about 17,400 miles per hour, or in other words, about 7.6 kilometers (4.8 miles) per second. Pesquet recently published the first image of his new project, which requires a 30-second display and shows a portion of the space station where Earth and stars stream through the frame.
A photo from some experiments with the imaging technology I was experimenting with. It gives the impression of how fast we are flying (28,800 km/h). This photo shows the Earth for 30 seconds at night. The lanes you see are the stars and city lights.
The International Space Station is located 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the Earth's surface, and orbits our planet once every 90 minutes or so. This means that the station orbits the Earth about 16 times in a 24-hour period.
To get a clearer idea of how fast the International Space Station is moving through space, consider subscribing to NASA's notification system that lets you know when the space station has passed. On clear nights or early mornings, sunlight reflected from the station's solar arrays allows you to easily spot the ISS with the naked eye as it moves across the sky at great speed.
Despite the incredible speed, astronauts on the space station discover nothing unusual while living and working there.