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Saturday 20 September 2014

First Vine taken from space shows a sun that never sets

Christopher Hooton

Published 10/06/2014 | 13:10

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Nasa astronaut Reid Wiseman has posted a Vine from space, giving a six-second snapshot of life aboard the International Space Station.

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The vast majority of Vines might focus on sleepy dogs, backflips and outlandish dance moves, but this one condenses the ISS's 92-minute lap around the Earth, showing how for astronauts aboard it the Sun never sets.

When the space station aligns with the point at which night and day meet on Earth in the weeks either side of the summer solstice it never passes the dark side of the Earth, essentially meaning it never experiences a sunset.

The Vine demonstrates this in quite breathtaking fashion, showing how strange, beautiful and yet disorientating life on the ISS must be.

"1st Vine from space! Single Earth orbit. Sun never sets flying parallel w/terminator line #ISS #Exp40" Wiseman wrote alongside the video.

In other internet-based space news, it was found last month that the Moon now has faster broadband speeds than some parts of the UK.

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