In Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout attempt to circle the Earth in eighty days in order to win a £20,000 wager. Now, thanks to modern technology, you can accomplish the same trip…in the span of just one minute.
Around the World in 80 Days…or just One Minute?
Check it out…just one minute to circle the world. Breathtaking huh? This is actually a motion interpolated version of the original movie. That original video is a “time lapse video taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.” Here are the details of what you’re seeing.
“This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.”
Jules Verne is often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction.” For example, his books, From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, detail a rather ingenious method for launching a vehicle into space via space cannon. But for all his vision, I doubt even Verne ever imagined the day when mankind could travel around the earth in a minute’s time and all from the comfort of one’s living room.