VIDEO: International Space Station Astronaut Frank Culbertson Remembers 9/11 From Above
By Space Coast Daily // September 11, 2016
9-11 FROM 250 MILES ABOVE 'GROUND ZERO'
ABOVE VIDEO: International Space Astronaut Frank Culbertson remembers 9/11 from 250 miles above New York City.
(NASA) – Expedition 3 Commander Frank Culbertson was aboard the International Space Station at the time of the attacks, and the only American on the crew.
As soon as he learned of the attacks, he began documenting the event in photographs because the station was flying over the New York City area.
He captured incredible images in the minutes and hours following the event.
From his unique vantage point in space, he recorded his thoughts of the world changing beneath him.
The following day, he posted a public letter that captured his initial thoughts of the events as they unfolded.
“The world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked.”
Upon further reflection, Culbertson said, “It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are.”
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