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Old Posted Dec 27, 2020, 9:08 AM
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Astronauts' View of Taiwan from Space


Tue, Dec 22, 2020

Japanese astronaut posts night view of Tainan and Kaohsiung


On Nov. 15, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in the US state of Florida, sending the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft with a four astronauts on board to meet up with the International Space Station (ISS). The crew members were US astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, along with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The spaceship docked with the ISS on Nov. 16.

Noguchi has used his Twitter account to post photographs taken from space of the Earth’s surface, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya and Osaka in Japan as well as Florida, Washington DC and New Orleans in the US.

As the ISS orbits around the Earth, on Dec. 4 Noguchi posted an aerial photo of Hong Kong and Macau and another one of Taiwan. He wrote in English “Taiwan is cloudy tonight — this is the best I got,” followed in Japanese by “Sorry to everyone in Taiwan; this is not a good photo.” He also noted that the cities in the photo were Kaohsiung and Tainan at night.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi waves to the camera on board the International Space Station on Nov. 27. 日籍太空人野口聰一十一月二十七日在國際太空站上對著相機揮手。
Photo from Soichi Noguchi’s Twitter timeline 照片取自野口聰一推特

A lot of the comments posted below said that Noguchi had captured the murky feeling of Taiwanese cities on a cloudy night. Many of the comments praised the photo, saying things like “It is very atmospheric” and “I have seen a night view of Taiwan on a return flight from Vietnam — it left a deep impression, and I am glad to see it again.” Others wrote “It is interesting to see how each city’s lights are different” and “It is really beautiful — Thank you for taking a photo of Taiwan and posting it online.”

(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)


A nighttime view of Tainan and Kaohsiung posted by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi on Dec. 4 日籍太空人野口聰一十二月四日貼出的台南、高雄夜景照。
Photo from Soichi Noguchi’s Twitter timeline 照片取自野口聰一推特




Kaohsiung 高雄 가오슝 เกาสง
Taiwan 台湾 대만 ไต้หวัน
"Asia's New Bay Area #Kaohsiung 2021" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i2NhC695D0
"Asia's New Bay Area - 2020 Horizon Open House Quick Review" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVn16Cg1zXE
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Old Posted Dec 29, 2020, 5:55 AM
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yeah i like how the lights are different too. thats the striking part. it reminds me of the lights of east and west berlin from space.

i flew over taiwan at dusk it was interesting to see. i remember i was looking really closely at everything, but i dont recall the lights being different. of course an airplane view isnt the same view as the iss!
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