French astronaut’s mesmerizing 100-image collage of Suez Canal is a hit on social media

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took the internet by storm when he posted a collage of pictures of the iconic Suez Canal, taken from space.

Taking to Twitter, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet said the image was created out of 100 zoomed-in pictures of the canal he captured from space.

The European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut is currently completing his six months onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of his second mission called “Alpha”

Pesquet’s digitally created image features the canal’s two parallel waterways and its five intersections. The image also features the ‘Ever Given’, a cargo ship that blocked the waterway for over a week back in March.

Take a look here:

According to a blog post by the European Space Agency, the pictures were captured on May 29, 2021, using the longest lens available onboard.

Take a look at some of the reactions to the pictures here:

The Suez Canal, a human-made waterway, is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, carrying over 12 per cent of world trade by volume. The canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

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