Why as­tro­nauts love The Palm

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As­tro­nauts like noth­ing more than to snap a pic­ture of Dubai from space - not least be­cause it’s easy to find. Lit up by mil­lions of lights at night and with not a cloud in the sky by day, it pro­vides a per­fect In­sta­gram or Twit­ter pic­ture for mil­lions of earth­bound fol­low­ers. Marsha Sue Ivins, a former NASA as­tro­naut and vet­eran of five space shut­tle mis­sions, said it makes the per­fect snap. She was speak­ing at the 2nd an­nual Emi­rates Mars Mis­sion Sci­ence Work­shop run by the Mo­hammed bin Rashid Space Cen­tre. Ivins said: “As­tro­nauts take lots of pho­tos of Dubai from space - mostly be­cause the shape of the Palm Jumeirah is so ob­vi­ous from space and lit up.” NASA as­tro­naut Scott Kelly shared a pic­ture of the Palm from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion last year and wrote ‘Good evening, you’re bril­liant as al­ways #UAE.’ An­dre Kuipers, the Dutch Euro­pean Space Agency (ESA) as­tro­naut, cap­tured the im­age pic­tured right, while fel­low ESA mem­ber Tim Peake posted the snap, above right, in April. Ivins also said it is not just iconic land­marks that are vis­i­ble to as­tro­nauts in space, but also the “dam­age” caused by hu­mans. She said of the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon ex­plo­sion in the US, the largest marine spillage in his­tory: “The BP oil spill is vis­i­ble from space, such is the dam­age it caused.”

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