An astronaut has revealed how the disturbing events of the Ukraine war can be seen from the International Space Station (ISS).
German astronaut Matthias Maurer, 52, has revealed how he was able to see rocket impacts and burning cities from space.
Maurer was on an ISS mission with the European Space Agency (ESA), but couldn’t help but see the horrors of the Ukraine war through the space windows.
He made the comments on a German show called Mogrenmagazin.
According to Newsweek, a translation of his comments reads: “When you are in space, at first you feel so far away.
“At the beginning of the war, the whole country went dark at night.”
He continued: “People actually only recognized Kyiv.
“Then you could see the impacts in the first days of the war. In Kyiv you could see lightning at night.”
He also mentioned watching “missiles that hit”.
Maurer made his comments after returning to Earth from a mission called “Cosmic Kiss”.
He has been on the ISS since November 2021 and was there when Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year.
Mauer and his colleagues didn’t need any special equipment to see the war from space.
He said it was “clearly visible to the naked eye from space.”
He added that there were clearly “huge plumes of smoke over cities like Mariupol.”
Even though he was in space, the bird’s-eye view made Mauer feel closer to the war.
He said: “War seen from above is a hundred times more irrational than from below. Why don’t we people stick together?”
Satellites were also able to record the destruction in Ukraine and continue to monitor the war.
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