French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet has shared a picture taken from the ISS of a sand storm rising in Bahrain.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet photographs a sand storm in Bahrain (Twitter)
When looking at the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), it looks completely different. French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet has tweeted one such beautiful picture of Earth. These pictures are of a huge sand storm that hit parts of Bahrain, located in Middle East Asia. French aerospace engineer, pilot and astronaut Pesquet of the European Space Agency is currently stationed on the ISS. This is his second visit to the ISS.
Thomas Pesquet tweeted, ‘A sand storm! I had not seen this from space till today, this one looks very big. It amazes me how many tons of sand is spread over hundreds of kilometres. Mother Earth has power. Pesquet was a part of Expedition 50 and Expedition 51 as a flight engineer aboard the ISS from November 2016 to June 2017. Thomas Pesquet went to the ISS once again in April 2021 via SpaceX’s Dragon Crew Spacecraft.
A sandstorm! I had never seen one from space, this one looked massive… I wonder how many tonnes of sand just flew over dozens or hundreds of kilometres. Mother nature has some strength. #MissionAlpha https://t.co/hoUeWq9fF4 pic.twitter.com/KEiWMCPkor
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) June 29, 2021
Thomas Pesquet first European astronaut to go to space via US Commercial Crew Vehicle
French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet accompanied by Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of the American Space Agency NASA and Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of the Japanese Space Agency JAXA went to space aboard the Dragon Crew Spacecraft. Shane Kimbrough was the commanding officer of the Dragon crew, while MacArthur was the pilot. Thomas Pesquet is the first European astronaut to go into space aboard an American Commercial Crew Vehicle.
ISS is flying 400 km above the earth
In the photos shared by Thomas Pesquet, the spacewalk by astronauts on the ISS can be seen. The International Space Station is flying about 400 kilometers above the Earth. It travels around the world every 90 minutes at a speed of about 17,500 miles per hour. In one day, the International Space Station alone completes the distance it takes to travel from Earth to the Moon and back.
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