On the 21st anniversary of the attacks on the 11 of Septemberthe POT published the photographs that were captured from the space when the planes crashed New York.
The commander of Expedition 3, Frank Culbertsonwas on board the International Space Station (ISS) at the time of the attacks and was the only American on the crew.
As soon as he learned of the events, he began documenting the event in photographs, as the station was flying over the New York City area.
This is how the smoke emanated from the famous towers was seen:
At the time, visible from space, a column of smoke was rising from the Manhattan area, after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center.
The following day, Culbertson published a letter capturing his thoughts on the events. The astronaut wrote.
“It’s horrible to see smoke rising from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic point of view.”
“The dichotomy of being on a spaceship dedicated to improving life on earth and seeing life destroyed by terrible acts is a jolt to the psyche, no matter who you are,” he added.
After 9/11, 2001, NASA science programs sprang into action, flying sensors over affected areas on aircraft to look for airborne contaminants and using satellite resources to monitor from above.
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On September 11, 2001, several planes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center in the city of New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
As a result of the attacks, 2 thousand 977 people lost their lives. Also, hundreds of rescuers have since died from illnesses related to the attack.
As a commemoration of the events, NASA published this Sunday a series of images, along with a video and Culbertson’s reflections on the attacks.