January 27, 2023


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A mysterious point seen from the International Space Station. The astronauts were surprised

Astronauts on the International Space Station, which orbits about 420 km above our heads, have a unique opportunity to admire the Earth from a completely different perspective. The photos posted by Samantha Cristoforetti prove that sometimes, you can spot curious things.

On the web you can find many pictures that show what astronauts do International Space Station (International Space Station ISS). However, the latest image published by Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) shows something unusual. The author of the photo posted on Twitter herself wrote that it represented a “curious sight” – a bright spot that appears to be in the Negev desert in southern Israel.

International Space Station astronauts noticed a mysterious point

The photo was special because the dot can be seen in broad daylight, which doesn’t happen often. It is much easier to notice things on Earth, or phenomena such as the aurora borealis, when our planet is shrouded in darkness. As Cristoforetti herself asserted, “It’s amazing to see the man-made lights during the day.” What is the mysterious point? The author of the photo thinks it is a solar power plant that uses harvesting techniques Renewable energy from the sun, and is equipped with one of the tallest power towers in the world. A photo of the International Space Station astronaut can be seen below.

As the IFL Science website explains, there is actually an Ashali solar power plant in the Israeli desert, which has a power tower about 250 meters high. In addition, he is surrounded by 50 thousand. “Mirrors,” or more accurately, computer-controlled heliostats that help focus sunlight onto the tower. It should also be noted that Ashalim consists of three different plots of land with three different technologies. The power plant combines 3 types of energy: solar thermal energy, photovoltaic energy and natural gas.

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Karolina Modzilowska, journalist at Wirtualna Polska