An astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station gave a special shout out to Cork last night – with a stunning pic of Leeside taken from outer space.
Shane Kimbrough is one of the crew aboard the ISS, orbiting Earth at 17,13o mph (there’s no speed cameras in space).
And the US NASA Astronaut, US Army Colonel and AH-64 Apache pilot has been taking some amazing pictures to post to social media, including a lovely one of Cork city and harbour.
Posting to Twitter, Shane showed he knows Cork and knows his history, saying; “Great memories in the lovely city of Cork, Ireland!”
“Blackrock Castle Observatory (near the center of the photo) was first built as a fort in 1582, with the purpose of discouraging pirates & invaders along the River Lee & Lough Mahon.”
And the crew at Blackrock Castle were straight back to the starman, saying; “Thanks for sharing Shane! We hope you’re keeping well and here’s hoping we get to welcome you back to Ireland’s real capital in the not too distant future!”.
Shane is one of seven astronauts and cosmonauts currently aboard the ISS, along with Pyotr Dubrov, Megan McArthur, Thomas Pesquet, Akihiko Hoshide, Oleg Novitskiy and Mark Vande Hei.
The ISS is permanently crewed with a range of scientists and specialists, carrying out cutting-edge research into everything from climate change and new medicines to the knowlege that will help us reach further into space in the future.
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