Renowned French astronaut Thomas Pesquet did it again, as he shared a unique view of the Invicta on his Facebook page: a stunning night picture of the city of Porto, taken from the International Space Station, about 400km above the Earth. The astronaut had already shared a stunning snap of Porto in 2017. This time, over 1.4 thousand people shared the photograph.
Pesquet is in charge of the Alpha Mission of the SpaceX Crew-2 and besides describing the city of Porto as the place “where Portugal gets its name from” in such an alluring way and congratulating Portugal for its National Day, which was celebrated on 10 June, the head of the Alpha Mission also showed fairplay by wishing “our Portuguese friends good luck to keep their title in the Euro”. The French astronaut also joked about the fact that the Portuguese have been European Champions for “a year longer than usual”.
It is worth highlighting that Portugal won the most recent championship, hosted by France in 2016, beating France 1–0 in the final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis after extra time.
Thomas Pesquet is known for sharing breath-taking photos and personal thoughts on the most magical views that only astronauts can access to. Once again, his eyes turned to “Porto, encore une ville facile à photographier et à reconnaître grâce à sa silhouette côtière.”[“Porto, an easy city to photograph due to its coastal silhouette”, free translation].
Pesquet also states that Porto is “worth a visit, at the very minimum”, on his Facebook post.
The SpaceX Crew-2 mission lifted off on April 23 and besides the European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, it includes NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, as well as Akihiko Hoshide of Japan's space agency. According to Pesquet, one of the main goals of this mission is to advance space conquer, by boosting technology that makes Mankind reach the Moon once again before reaching Mars.