Arab News Japan
DUBAI: Japanese astronaut Noguchi Sōichi on Thursday posted a picture of the city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia from space, gaining a lot of attention on Earth.
The photo was posted on Twitter and showed how Makkah looks from outer space.
The tweet has so far gained over 1000 retweets and over 6000 likes as of April 30. Many social media users were impressed with the picture and Noguchi’s photography skills.
The first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri quoted the tweet, captioning it: “Holy Makkah.”
مكة المكرمة https://t.co/WqEAs2l02X— Hazzaa AlMansoori (@astro_hazzaa) April 30, 2021
One social media user based in Jeddah said: “This is how Makkah looks from space. Shot from the International Space Station.”
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut was also recently awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest time between spacewalks: 15 years and 214 days.
The interval falls between Noguchi’s August 3, 2005, spacewalk and his spacewalk in March 5, 2021.
The astronaut is currently serving abroad on the ISS for a six-month mission expected to end this month. The expedition 64 mission started in November 2020, as Noguchi rode into space on the SpaceX Dragon 2.