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Astronaut Tweets 'Saddest Photo' While Flying Over Gaza And Israel

Most of the world is also looking down in horror.

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Astronaut Alexander Gerst is known for sharing breathtaking photos while working and living in the International Space Station, sharing them with over 91,000 followers on Twitter.


The German flight engineer, a geophysicist and volcanologist, is spending six months aboard the ISS. He's on a European Space Agency mission with fellow engineer American Reid Wiseman and Russian flight commander Maksim Surayev.

But one of his latest photos is not as breathtaking. In his 57 days orbiting the Earth, he has never seen something like this. He described it as "my saddest photo yet."


Gerst was flying over the troubled regions of Gaza and Israel when he captured this pic. "From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel," he tweeted.

Shrouded in the darkness of night, Gaza and the surrounding area is shown through veins and clusters of lights indicating cities.

The most disturbing lights in the photo are the explosions in the densely populated region.

The shelling has disrupted flight paths closer to home, with many flights to Israel cancelled after reports that Palestinians are targeting the commercial airport at Tel Aviv.

The conflict has claimed more than 600 lives - including those of 149 children - in three weeks.

The United Nations on Wednesday launched an inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that might have been committed by Israeli military.

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