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Not at all a little red dot, from space

SEE S'PORE IN A NEW LIGHT: Mr Kopra, a US astronaut, tweeted a night-time photo of Singapore, taken from the orbiting International Space Station on Saturday.


    Mar 22, 2016

    Not at all a little red dot, from space

    HOW does Singapore look when viewed from space?

    United States astronaut Tim Kopra, the current commander of the orbiting International Space Station (ISS), provided the answer when he tweeted a photo on Saturday of the island, which he took from the ISS.

    Mr Kopra's tweet - with the hashtag #CitiesfromSpace - has since been retweeted 1,500 times, garnering over 2,800 likes.

    The stunning night image depicts Singapore as an intricate network of yellow lights. Several large areas, including the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, are shrouded in darkness.

    The 52-year-old, who assumed command of the ISS in December last year for expeditions 46 and 47, has also tweeted night photos of Beijing, New Delhi, New York and Dubai.

    His day photo collection includes shots of Rio de Janeiro, Honolulu and California.

    Mr Kopra was involved in a harrowing experience while out on a spacewalk with British astronaut Tim Peake on Jan 15 this year.

    His helmet began to leak water and his walk had to be cut short by about two hours.