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Stressed about the election? Take a beautiful video tour of the International Space Station

Posted By Jason Davis

04-11-2016 11:02 CDT

Topics: human spaceflight, International Space Station

Stressed about the U.S. election?

You aren't alone. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 52 percent of American adults report the election is affecting their mental health. The APA study also found adults using social media are more likely to experience stress than those that don't. 

Maybe that explains why I haven't been on Twitter much lately.

Last week, NASA released a new International Space Station flythrough video. It was shot in 4K, with a fisheye lens, and set to a soundtrack that's part haunting, part awe-inspiring. Until yesterday, I hadn't really sat down and watched the entire thing all the way through.

It was worth the time. I recommend you play it in full screen—on a large TV, if you have one. Set the resolution to 4K. Maybe dim the lights and grab a loved one if you can.

As you watch, remember that human beings built this. We did this. We shipped a series of giant cylinders into space, pressurized them, and made them into an offworld home and science laboratory that has been continually staffed for more than 15 years. 

Stay healthy, everyone.


Update: just after I posted this, I noticed United Launch Alliance has released a new video in their Rocket Launch 360 series, featuring a Delta IV Heavy. If you're looking for something a little more upbeat and intense, check it out!

See other posts from November 2016


Read more blog entries about: human spaceflight, International Space Station


sepiae: 11/05/2016 10:12 CDT

*I'm* stressed out about the election, and I'm not even a U.S. citizen or live in the U.S. So this was very welcome, thanks!!! I think I want to move there for a while. (Somebody clean those windows in the cupola...?)

Stephen: 11/06/2016 04:13 CST

Beautiful video, but what struck me most was the amount of free-floating clutter around the station's interior walls (e.g. @9:56). It gave the place the air of a house where nobody puts anything away and you have to navigate among the detritus to get from A to B.

Dwayne: 11/07/2016 12:43 CST

Beautiful and educational at the same time. And relaxing.

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