West Africa to the Alps - Dec. 2017

This time-lapse video was taken by the Expedition 53 crew on board the International Space Station. The sequence of shots were taken on Decemeber 7, 2017 from 14:05:42 to 14:19:01 GMT, on a day pass from the north Atlantic Ocean to the the Italian Alps. The video begins over the cloudy Atlantic Ocean and passes over clusters of islands. The western coast of Africa comes into view with dust blowing over from the Sahara Desert. The ISS continues over the African countries of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, and Algeria. The Atlas Mountains are clearly visible along the Mediterranean coast. The narrow Strait of Gibraltar separates the Iberian Peninsula from Africa. Much of France and Italy are cloud covered, with the exception of the Alps.