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Astronaut on space station during 9/11 shares video footage

September 10, 2011
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The image below was taken from the International Space Station on September 11, 2001 and shows smoke rising from Manhattan.

“It was a very good weather day, and I could look down and see the entire northeastern U.S. very clearly. I saw a big column of black smoke rising over New York City, over Long Island, and out over the Atlantic. I zoomed the camera in, and as I did, I saw this big gray glob start to envelop the southern half of the city.” He found out two days later that he was witnessing the collapse of the South Tower.

Because the International Space Station travels at a speed of about 5 miles per second (it completes its orbit of Earth in only 90 minutes), the views of New York came and went very quickly. Due to the planet’s rotation, the next time Culbertson and his crewmates passed over the U.S., they had a view of the Midwest and the Southwest, which was important to Culbertson. A married father of five, he wanted to make sure his family was out of harm’s way.

This quote is from US astronaut Frank Culberston. Follow this link to see the full article and the video he shot of New York on September 11th.

HT Chris Blattman

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