The ISS TRONized – Star Trails from the International Space Station

ISS Startrails – TRONized from Christoph Malin on Vimeo.


I am a huge fan of all things Space, SciFi and ISS, and there are some really really great time lapses out there made from the already astonishing ISS footage…. But when recently friend Babak Tafreshi from and me processed some timelapse star trail images with StarStax for another project, it made “click”… Hey, give that tool into the hands of a Timelapse freak like me – booooom.

So I was in space mood last night after watching Felix Baumgartner’s stratosphere jump. Outside, raindrops hammered against the windows, so I grabbed me some RedBull as well as my earplugs and finally stacked my way trough 1 TB Thunderbolt RAID packed ISS time-lapse footage.

Staring 10 hours into the screens I was more and more amazed about the Star Trails emerging from the ISS footage. With three machines rendering at the same time it was quite a journey to see which footage would work stacked, and which not. At some point I felt a bit like Jeff Bridges fighting against the mighty mainframe in TRON. So I was TRONized!!!

In so far, the result is quite psychedelic, and as Dude Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomer points out very nicely (in yet another reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey): “Oh my god, it’s full of startrails!”

Here’s a list of some of the sites that have featured the video! Wuup!!!



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