Athens from the International Space Station

Athens from space
Athens from space
*Thomas Pesquet

Out of this world! French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has shared an incredible image of Athens from the International Space Station.

"Athens is as bustling at night as it is during the day. At night the different colour lighting in different areas is remarkable, but also the Acropolis can be made out," he posted on social media.

Pesquet is currently on the second SpaceX Crew Dragon mission together with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur.

The mission is called 'Alpha', after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth.

The mission assignment is the first time a European will fly to the Space Station in the Crew Dragon, and the first time from USA in over a decade.

Among the many tasks scheduled, Pesquet is carrying out a study concerning the accelerated ageing of stem cells in the brain.

The crew is expected to return to Earth in October 2021.

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