On the sixteenth commemoration of the deadliest psychological militant assault on U.S. soil — part of which was radiated to TV screens far and wide, demonstrating an air ship colliding with the World Trade Center in New York City — that killed just about 3,000 individuals, NASA discharged pictures from that portentous day in 2001 that demonstrate the city in the fallout of the assault, as observed from space.
The International Space Station, adventitiously, happened to be flying over the New York City territory minutes after the twin towers descended, and U.S. space explorer Frank Culbertson was on board the rocket as authority of Expedition 3. He posted an open letter the following day, in which he described his prompt response to the news.
“I looked at the World Map on the PC to see where over the world we were and seen that we were coming southeast out of Canada and would be disregarding New England shortly. I sped around the station until the point that I found a window that would give me a perspective of NYC and snatched the closest camera. It happened to be a camcorder, and I was looking south from the window of Michael’s lodge.
“The smoke appeared to have an odd sprout to it at the base of the section that was gushing south of the city. Subsequent to understanding one of the news articles we simply got, I trust we were taking a gander at NY around the season of, or not long after, the crumple of the second pinnacle. How ghastly… ” Culbertson wrote in the letter.
“It’s hard to portray how it feels to be the main American totally off the planet at such a critical point in time. The inclination that I ought to be there with every one of you, managing this, helping somehow, is overpowering. I realize that we are on the edge (or past) of a horrendous move ever. Numerous things will never be the same again after September 11, 2001,” he included.
Indeed, even as the space station moved along its way and lost its perspective of New York City, other NASA satellites got a few pictures of the assault’s quick consequence too. One of them was the Terra satellite, whose locally available Moderate-determination Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument recorded a picture of the vast smoke crest ascending from the city a couple of hours after the fear based oppressor assault.
The following day, Sept. 12, 2001, another NASA satellite — Landsat 7 — caught a real nature picture of the site of the assault from where smoke was all the while surging.
Hours after the Landsat 7 photo was taken, Culbertson was composing his letter on board the space station, in which, remarking on the still-unmistakable smoke, he stated: “It’s shocking to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own nation from such a fabulous vantage point. The polarity of being on a rocket committed to enhancing life on the earth and watching life being devastated by such persistent, loathsome acts is shocking to the mind, regardless of your identity.”
— NASA (@NASA) September 11, 2017