French Astronaut, Thomas Pesquet, just shared a picture he took of Beirut from space and it really is beautiful. He shared the picture alongside this message:
“Beyrouth la cosmopolite, capitale du Liban. Après un voyage annulé dans le passé, j’espère bien m’y rendre un jour!”
“The city of Beirut, capital of Lebanon. After a cancelled trip that was supposed to lead me there in the past, I hope to go there one day”
We see all of Beirut, including downtown and Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport. We can even spot iconic places, like Roache and the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium. Pictures from space tend to be taken at night since they look better lit up with city lights. However, this was taken during the day for a change.
Thomas Pesquet is a French national serving as an astronaut for the European Space Agency. He is currently on a six-month mission to the International Space Station.
He is serving as a flight engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51, launched in November 2016 and is scheduled to return in May 2017. He previously worked as an aerospace engineer and is also an airline pilot for Air France.