Alexander Gerst captured two very similar images recently from the International Space Station. They reveal city lights, but also explosions and missile or rocket trails streaming across the sky.
On Wednesday, Gerst posted one of the images to Facebook and Twitter, beneath the caption: "My saddest photo yet. From
#ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel." (The image is posted above.)
Many of the Facebook comments, in German-language, are from people blaming one side or the other for a conflict that seems to have no viable resolution.
The images were posted at a time when Israel was facing new political and economic pressure—U.S. flights to Israel remained suspended as of the time of this post—to seek ways to halt deadly fighting that has raged for more than two weeks.
It would be incredible, most would agree, if Gerst could capture images during a cease-fire, for the sake of comparison. The sooner the better.
–Hat tip to Space.com