Satellite photographs taken from space have weighed in on the Ukraine war. They have even helped debunk disinformation that has spread since the beginning of Russia''s invasion in late February.
While satellites like those used by Maxar Technologies to document the war are equipped with powerful cameras capable of zooming into vast areas, it turns out the conflict is also visible from orbital space.
"When you''re in space, you''re so far away at first," says the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. Matthias Maurer, who recently returned from his 177-day trip aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and told German broadcasterARD, according to Futurism.
Theinvasion "was clearly visible to the naked eye from space," he said, adding that he could see it in the form of "huge black columns of smoke over cities like Mariupol," a port city that has been a focal point for the Russian invasion.
The ISS orbits the Earth roughly once every 90 minutes, making him feel confident during his first 100-day stay. "In Kyiv, you could see [what looked like] lightning at night," Maurer said. "In Kyiv, you could see [what looked like] lightning at night," the ISS said.
In Ukraine, the ISS personnel might see "terrible events happening."
Maurer, who returned from the ISS earlier this month, claims that all of the crew, including the Russian Roscosmos cosmonauts aboard at the time, agreed that "terrible things are happening in Ukraine."
The SpaceX and ESA astronaut suggested that the crew''s unique perspective on Earth and the resulting Overview Effect considers to go to war feel even more heinous and baffling. "Was human remains so important," said Maurer.
In an apparent demonstration of support, a crew of Roscosmos cosmonauts boarded the ISS wearing yellow and blue uniforms matching the Ukrainian flag colors in March.
Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Roscosmos, said that Russia would soon depart the International Space Station, as he previously stated that it would not be able to launch to space aboard "American broomsticks" as it would not provide immediate access to Russian Soyuz rocket launches for future space launches.