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Hypnotic Ultra HD footage of Cape Town, Dubai and Egypt from space lets you watch cars drive and waves crash on the beach

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Hypnotic Ultra HD footage of Cape Town, Dubai and Egypt from space lets you watch cars drive and waves crash on the beach
Space-based video captures the globe between ± 52º north and south
Is not able to capture individual people, but it can get a crowd from about 220 miles above Earth's surface
Iris was installed two years ago and resides on the Russian segment of the ISS

Stunning ultra high-definition footage from the International Space Station prove just how small, yet beautiful our world really is.

Urthecast'S Iris camera filmed areas of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Cape Town South Africa in 2015 for a breathtaking show.

The camera is so powerful that it was able to clearly capture cars travelling on roads and waves crashing on beaches.

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'Yes, there are places on the planet where even drones and helicopters can not be flown to capture video of the Earth below,' Theras Wood, content and communications at UrtheCast, shared in a blog post.

'Our space-based video captures the globe between ± 52º north and south - an area of ​​the planet in which ~ 95% of the human population lives.'

The camera unable to capture individual people, but it can get a crowd from about 220 miles above Earth's surface, reports Mashable.

Although this technology seems out of this world, Urthecast makes it available to companies and individuals to gather more information about our planet.

For example, experts who are tracking deforestation or creating traffic models can use this camera, Urthecast said.

Iris was installed two years ago and resides on the Russian segment of the ISS.

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, agreed to host the cameras on the $ 100 billion station for UrtheCast, a project of 15 countries.

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22 April 2016, 16:43