Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These stunning night photos show several Russian cities snapped by a cosmonaut from the edge of space.
The Russian Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, published the images on social media.
A spokesperson accompanied the photos with the message: “It is quite difficult to surprise people with images from space today, but it is also tough to tear yourself away from a photo of your home city from a height of 420 kilometres (261 miles).
According to the space agency, the photos were taken by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko from near-Earth orbit.
The Russian cities photographed from a distance of 261 miles were Anapa, Angarsk, Astrakhan, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Volzhsky, Gelendzhik, Irkutsk, Krasnodar, Moscow, Novorossiysk, Orenburg, Samara, St. Petersburg, Saratov and Tver.
Roscosmos also recently announced that they will reopen discussions with the US space agency NASA over the in-development ‘Lunar Gateway’ space station in lunar orbit.
Back in 2017, Russia and the US signed an agreement about creating a moon station initially named Deep Space Gateway which was later renamed to Lunar Gateway.
According to the preliminary arrangements, Russia was due to make the airlock for the planned space station but subsequently withdrew from the project.
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