NASA 2020: Astronaut Jessica Meir shares photo of Earth at night
In the midst of all the fear and panic surrounding the coronavirus pandemic all over the world, many are also in search of some good news. Recently, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir shared a photo of the Earth being illuminated by the Moon.
Express reports that Meir shared a photo of Earth at night, photographed from 250 miles away, on Twitter. “Is it day or is it night? #NoFilter here, while taking photos of the night sky a few weeks ago, the Moon was so bright it lit up the Earth below. Goodnight Earth, let there be light! #GoodnightFromSpace #EarthStrong” wrote Meir in her tweet.
Meir is one of the three astronauts that are currently living and working at the International Space Station or ISS. Whenever they have some free time after working on experiments, they will photograph the Earth from their windows. Upon sharing the photo, many praised Meir for being one of the people who are able to avoid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. One user joked, “If you see any aliens, please tell them to bring toilet paper.”
Meir previously shared a photo taken of the United Kingdom seen from space. The astronaut was also able to take a photo when the ISS passed over Algeria, noting that the country’s geological features resembled that of a quartz crystal.
At the same time, a new report reveals that Britain is also planning to establish a space force, according to president Will Whitehorn of UKSpace. Whitehorn claimed that Britain will be pressured into protecting its presence in space. Speaking to Express, Whitehorn shared his thoughts on this possibility. “I think there will come a time when we will have a Royal Space Force in the future, not because I’ll call for it or because our industry will call for it but because it’s logical.”
Whitehorn went on to explain that if the country was going to put billions into space assets, then it only makes sense to protect those assets. “Defending those assets might partly mean being able to launch new ones very quickly. There are going to be bad people in the future who will want to try and do damage to space assets and we have to take account of that,” He added.