Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who, along with three of his American counterparts, was on a six-month mission to the International Space Station, shared a fascinating image of the Great Pyramid of Giza on his last day aboard the ISS . Images of Earth from space – be it the vibrant colors of the landscape, intricate cloud formations, or just maps like population density – have always been fascinating and have helped scientists study our world. Noguchi’s photo is a wonderful new perspective on one of the world’s most famous structures.
The photograph shows the World Heritage Site built by the ancient Egyptians as well as the Al Giza Desert and the adjacent town. “Last day on #ISS – I had the best photo of #Giza #Pyramid #worldheritage,” Noguchi wrote.
The photo quickly went viral when Twitter users shared and commented on it.
One user, @pecovgfx, applauded Noguchi for the “fantastic capture” and then explained that he flipped the photo back to the “earth reference frame” so that it would become easier for ordinary people to understand.
“It’s like one of those illusions where you can’t tell if it’s 3D or massive holes in the ground,” wrote another user, @ Falcon9Block5.
On Sunday, May 2, the American SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying Noguchi and three other astronauts returned to Earth after completing their mission to the ISS. It splashed off Florida during NASA’s first nighttime landing in more than 50 years, according to the TBEN news agency. Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, all from NASA, accompanied Noguchi to the ISS. The four astronauts flew into space last November for the first fully operational mission to the ISS aboard a vehicle manufactured by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.