I could wax poetic about space and anything to do with it for hours on end, and I have subjected you all to it from time to time, though in small doses. One of the reasons it’s so compelling a subject to ponder and write about is because we know so little about it. When we live in a time where answers to almost all questions are a few keystrokes of query away, space remains one of the few things to wonder about.
Photography and space exploration have been inextricably linked since the beginning, and it doesn’t seem to be changing. SpaceX’s Falcon rocket recently brought the Dragon spacecraft to orbit bringing with it over 2200 kg of cargo to the International Space Station, including food, repair supplies, and cameras. No doubt we’ll see just what those cameras are going to capture soon enough, but Falcon 9 also attached a GoPro that captured some gorgeous footage as it fell back to Earth.
Set to an ever enduringly beautiful waltz by Strauss, the video is captivating; the hostility and unforgiving nature of the environment the GoPro is in as it tumbles over and over, juxtaposed with the soothing and equally beautiful composition of The Blue Danube, makes it enchanting. Regardless of what noises videos are put out by GoPro users the world over, this makes up for it.