A week later Two large explosions echoed through Beirut, Lebanon, a NASA astronaut shared his vision of the capital city from orbit and his best wishes for its residents.
The city experienced two strong explosions at its port on the evening of August 4, killing at least 171 people and injuring thousands, according to the Associated Press. Nearly 3,000 tons (2.5 million kg) of ammonium nitrate chemicals stored at the port may have caused the incident. On Tuesday (August 11), NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, who is living on the International Space Station, shared his orbit lab’s vision of the rocking city.
“Think of Beirut today,”; Cassidy wrote in a tweet. “My heart goes to all those who have been affected by the recent tragedy. Dear love from @Space_Station.”
In the photo: The 63 mission expedition to the International Space Station
Think about Beirut today. My heart is for everyone who has been affected by the recent tragedy. Send love from @Space_Station. pic.twitter.com/XMIDZK3g3 August 11, 2020
Cassidy’s perspective augments a host of satellite images of the destruction caused by the explosions, including NASA analyzes the data was gathered by the European Space Agency’s fleet of Copernicus Sentinel Earth observation satellites to locate the ground shifted in explosions.
Cassidy is currently the only NASA astronaut in space, living aboard a orbital laboratory with Russian astronauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. The trio arrived in April and will be in orbit until October. Next month, three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut are expected to launch. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon’s first official mission spaceship to round the list of space stations.
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