New Delhi :
US astronaut Tim Kopra shared a night-time view photo of Singapore from space, i.e; 420km above the Earth. As seen from the International Space Station (ISS), the photo taken with a digital camera, was tweeted by Kopra on March 19.
The photo has been retweeted more than 1,000 times and received 2,500 likes since then. The 52-year-old astronaut has also shared night-time photos of several other cities, including Beijing, New York and New Delhi.
The ISS orbits roughly 420km above the surface of the Earth every 90 minutes at a speed of 28,000km/h. “Clearly, Singapore was important to include as the station's orbital path and free crew time on station for photography allows,” said Mr Dwayne Lawrence, Executive Director of Friends of NASA, which shared the photo on its Facebook page.
“It appears the station was moving in its counter-clockwise low-Earth orbit over the Indian Ocean approaching from the West when the photo was taken,” he added.