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Watch this incredible time-lapse video from space

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Well, now we know what those scientists from around the world are doing up there at the International Space Station — other than, you know, presumably gaining entry into the ultra-exclusive 240-Mile High Club. They're making kick-ass time-lapse videos of the Earth:

The video pieces together footage from two days aboard the ISS, paying extra mind to the more visually-striking colors the Earth sends off into the universe: scattered atmospheric storms, light from the broad expanses of metropolises, the haunting green of the Aurora Borealis. From the editor, Michael König:

All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible, avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original footage itself already has an almost surreal and aesthetical visual nature.

Whenever there's debate about whether or not to cut funding for the space program, this should be exhibit A in the argument for not only keeping it, but doubling the budget.