An incredible video has been posted to YouTube showing Comet Lovejoy as seen from the International Space Station (ISS), and the sight is truly breathtaking.
It's only a 30-second clip, but it's an unforgettable sight which will last a lifetime. The quality of the imagery is so spectacular, it makes a great argument that NASA should get into the movie business. In fact, it's so other-worldly, it doesn't even look real. But it is.
Comet Lovejoy is caught on several separate passes with its brilliant, pluming tail streaming thousands (millions?) of miles behind the head as the ISS takes its leisurely stroll around the planet.
As it comes peeking over the horizon, which is really the great bowl of the Earth's spectacular upper atmosphere, it sends chills up the spine for the stunning beauty land-based witnesses have the rare chance to glimpse.
If this incredible video is just another example of the benefits of the space program, it's taxpayer money well spent. And the music ain't bad, either...
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