A SpaceX Crew-3 astronaut says the Ukraine war is 'clearly visible' from space

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War feels 'a hundred times more irrational' when viewed from space.💥

But the invasion"was clearly visible to the naked eye from space," he explained, saying he could see it in the form of"huge black columns of smoke over cities like Mariupol", a port city that has been a focal point for the Russian invasion.

Traveling at a speed of five miles per second, the ISS orbits the Earth roughly once every 90 minutes, meaning Maurer would have had a good view over Ukraine on many occasions during his more than 100-day stay. "At the beginning of the war, the whole country went dark at night," Maurer explained to."In Kyiv, you could see [what looked like] lightning at night," as rockets impacted their targets in the capital city.

, said that all of the crew, including Russian Roscosmos cosmonauts aboard at the time, agreed that"terrible things are happening in Ukraine., makes the decision to go to war feel even more heinous and baffling."War seen from above is a hundred times more irrational than from the ground," Maurer saidRoscosmos cosmonauts have shown signs of unity with their western colleagues recently.

 

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