A breathtaking video taken from space has proved to be a big hit on YouTube.

In 'What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?' a short film has been created by animating together 600 images of our planet as the International Space Station orbits.


Scientist James Drake is the man responsible for grabbing the publicly-available images showing North and South America. They are taken from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth a site that has made over a million images of earth available for the viewing public.

The manned space station from which the pictures were taken travels at a rate of over 17,000mph in its journey around the earth and features a gym, two bathrooms, and the floor space equivilant of a 5 bedroom house.