Watch: Stunning timelapse of Earth at night from International Space Station

Still images from space of the Canary Islands to Italy taken by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station were joined together to create this timelapse.

Cristoforetti recently made a splash on social media with a selfie she took on the ISS wearing a 'Star Trek' uniform.

The astronauts on the Space Station spend as much time as possible on science. During her 40-hour working week Samantha runs many experiments from Italy’s ASI space agency and ESA, and takes part in even more from scientists all over the world.

Samantha is living and working on board the International Space Station as part of the six-strong Expedition 42 and 43 crew. Follow her Futura mission at

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