This is a NEW, 25 Minute Version of “The Image Frontier – Making the Invisible Visible”, with previously unseen footage and lots of new scenes! (for the Version with German Subtitle go here:

A tribute to the International Space Station Program as well as Dr. Don Pettit, NASA Astronaut and ISS Astrophotographer, “Making the Invisible Visible” explores and celebrates the Art and challenges of Astrophotography orbiting earth Day and Night on board of the International Space Station.

Don Pettit’s innovative photographic work, and his passion for low light photography, has definitely changed the way we see earth from space. Accompanied with great background info on the challenges, techniques and motives of astrophotography aboard the ISS by Don’s famous “Luminance” speech, previously unseen footage by Astronaut weaves a compilation of 4 special ISS timelapses (“intro”, “startrails”, “fisheye” and “aurorae”) into a captivating visual experience.

Welcome aboard the ISS – enjoy stunning photography, videos and timelapses from the Space Station!

“Making the Invisible Visible” was screened, and received a “honorable mention” at the 6th annual “Imagine Science” Festival in NYC (Oct. 2013,

Making-of the Video:
Some great intros and thoughts on the original

Great interview with Don Pettit here:

Production notes:
ISS footage render and Don Pettit Luminance Lecture excerpt edit: by Christoph Malin

Dr. Don Pettit lecture excerpts courtesy PhotoShelter Luminance Conference 2012

ISS Stackings taken from my former Shortfilm “ISS TRONized” –

Special thanks to Dr. Don Pettit!

Great Music – great Artists:
“Old Red Shoe” – Baobab
“Sleepy Hollow Cemetry” – Acoustic Version – Baobab
Baobab – Phil Torres –
“Stars” – Rx by Eero Joenrinne / Lucas
Intro – “Reaching” – Jesse Hozeny
Outro – “Eileen” – Lee_Rosevere

Image courtesy of the image science & analysis lab / nasa johnson space center
“the gateway to astronaut photography of earth”

Shutter Noise: Nikon D4 😉 – oh, and please Nikon, how about a new version of the 2.8/8 mm Fisheye? It’s time!

About 15000 Frames of 80000 processed with
LRTimelapse (
Adobe Lightroom 5
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe After Effects CC
Cut & edited with
Apple Final Cut Pro X

Entirely rendered and produced on a Macbook Pro and iMac!

Finally, please also be aware of the growing issue of light pollution ( one can see in many of these scenes! Support IDA ( on their challenge to preserve the night sky for us and our children, on reducing energy waste!

Visit our team at the UNESCO IYA 2009 Project TWAN ( for some of the coolest nightsky images and videos on our planet! One people, one sky!

Always believe in your dreams and make it possible!

All the best,
Christoph Malin

P.S.: Check some of my other short films:

“Astronomer’s Paradise”,
“Island in the Sky”,
“Urban – Mountain – Sky”,!/christophmalin

Sign up for News!

Sign up for News!

Our newsletter brings you the latest stories from around the world, informative and timely articles, links to useful websites, educational videos, and much more!

Thank you for signing up! Have a nice day! :-)