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When you’re sitting with your head poking out the top of a rocket some 585 kilometres outside the earth atmosphere, the view can be pretty amazing. Add the white sand of Australia and the bordering crystal clear water of the Gulf of Carpentaria and it’s simply breathtaking. Just ask SpaceX Inpiration4 pilot Chris “Hanks” Sembroski, the lucky man who got to spend his morning staring at our beautiful country from the new ‘Cupola’ dome window at the top of Inspiration4.

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These are the first images recorded from inside the dome window, and it makes the 3860-kilometre wide continent look minuscule from such heights. We can’t even begin to imagine the sensation of floating above the earth – incredible yet so fragile – we’re sure videos will never do it justice.

Chris is looking at the Gulf of Carpentaria, Weipa and the tip of Queensland at the bottom and Nhulenbuy in the Northern Territory to the top. You might just make out the bigger islands in the lighter blue water area which are listed from left to right as Bentinck, Wellesley and Groote.

Flat earthers are probably going pretty nuts trying to explain the spectacular curvature of the earth from this video. And keen-eyed photographers have already started figuring out the best way to shoot earth from such a distance without the glare from the cockpit as seen in this video. All we know, this is sure to be the first of many videos to come as Inspiration4 explores earth from 585 kilometres outside the atmosphere. Let’s take in the view for the tenth time.

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Image: @ChrisSembroski

Image: @ChrisSembroski

Image: @ChrisSembroski

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