It has been 17 years since 9/11 caused the death of thousands of innocent Americans in a vicious terrorist attack that not only shook the United States but also the entire world. Now, the American space agency NASA, to commemorate the anniversary of that tragic event on the American soil, has shared some new pictures of the New York City and Washington, the places of the terror attacks, taken from space.
Remembering the heroes, victims and the survivors of September 11, 2011, the American space agency shared a photo of the New York City that astronaut Ricky Arnold snapped from the International Space Station.
The image, shared on Twitter, which the astronaut clicked from space, shows the area, where once proudly stood the World Trade Center before the two planes rammed into the Twin Towers.
Today we remember the victims, survivors and heroes of #September11th. In June 2018, @astro_ricky snapped this photo of New York City from the vantage point of the International Space Station, with One World Trade Center visible on the left. #NeverForget https://t.co/H2WGxoyFzf pic.twitter.com/hsqIWnM0gz— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) September 11, 2018
One World Trade Center, a new tower, was later developed near the Ground Zero memorial.
The space agency also shared another picture on the micro-blogging site, where people can see the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, right across the bridge from Washington. This one was also clicked from NASA's floating space lab. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency had captured this picture on April 11, 2017.
On September 9, 2011, the only American that was not present on planet Earth was NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson. Expedition 3 Commander Culbertson was the only American member in that crew that year. What he saw from the International Space Station at that hazardous time was smoke. He then started documenting the event from his point of view, around 250 miles above Earth.
"The world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked," astronaut Culbertson wrote in a public letter, which was published soon after the attacks.
"It's horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are," he added.