Space Zen: This Space Station Fly-Through is Supremely Serene

Spacecraft on ISS
Two spacecraft sit attached to the Internatioanl Space Station over the Strait of Gibraltar. (Image credit: NASA)

Down here on Earth, the weather can always turn nasty. In addition, there's traffic and bills and gravity and a bitter election season drawing to a close.  

If the stresses of life are starting to fry your nerves, might we recommend the soothing balm of a video fly-though of the International Space Station, set to an ultra-smooth saxophone solo and deep, meditative bass tones.

In the new video, posted by NASA on Thursday (Oct. 27), viewers take a visual tour of the station, with only a calming soundtrack as their guide. No crew members are visible. The camera floats weightlessly through the passageways, as if drifting through water. Earthly cares melt away. Awe washes over you, as you meditate on the house that humans have built in space. 

The ultra-high definition (4K) video was made by a video service provider called Harmonic. The video description says it was shot "using a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field."

In September 2015, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, announced a partnership with Harmonic to create NASA TV UHD, an UHD video channel. In December 2015, NASA and Harmonic partnered to deliver UHD footage of the launch of an Atlas V rocket carrying a Cygnus cargo spacecraft. Details about how to get the channel can be found here.

Many of NASA's UHD video can be found on the agency's website or its YouTube channel, or through Harmonic's YouTube channel

The video description does not say who shot the footage. The European Space Agency released a virtual tour of the station earlier this year, combining existing footage with new animations. That tour can also be viewed in 3D. 

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Calla Cofield
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Calla Cofield joined's crew in October 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Prior to joining Calla worked as a freelance writer, with her work appearing in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In 2018, Calla left to join NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory media team where she oversees astronomy, physics, exoplanets and the Cold Atom Lab mission. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world and would really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter