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Russian astronaut captures Instagram image of Makkah from space

Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazanskiy’s photos he takes at work are out of this world — they really are. (Instagram)
DUBAI: It is quite common to take photos of your work if it involves travel, we all do it. But Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazanskiy has taken this to a whole new level sharing photos that are quite literally out of this world on his Instagram account.
His collection of photos taken from space includes an image of Makkah at night. He captioned the stunning image: “The holiest place in the Islamic world. #Makkah is beautiful both day and night. Impossible to confuse it with any other city in the world even from space.”

#Мекка - город необычный во всех отношениях. Этот город - святыня мусульман, и въезд в Мекку немусульманам строго запрещен. Это тщательно контролируется, я слышал, что даже имеются дорожные знаки с предупреждением. А еще обратите внимание на интересную архитектуру города, мне кажется, что его невозможно перепутать ни с каким другим даже из космоса. Прекрасен и ночью, и днем. // The holiest place in the Islamic world. #Mecca is beautiful both day and night. Impossible to confuse it with any other city in the world even from space. #город #мкс #космос #space #natgeo #natgeoru #iss #instagram

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And he has managed to capture images from a number of other Arab locations too.

Ryazanskiy has also previously photographed an image of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, which received words of thanks from several people.
The comments included one from husain90000 who wrote: “We are Iraqis thank you for this picture already Baghdad City of Peace City of love and camel Hope you success.”

And while gliding through space one day he of course managed to get a photo of Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, which he captioned: “The Pyramids of Giza are the greatest architectural monuments of Ancient Egypt.”

Египет. Комплекс пирамид в Гизе – величайшие архитектурные памятники Древнего Египта. Самая верхняя на снимке пирамида – Хеопса – единственное из «Семи чудес света», которое сохранилось до наших дней! // The Pyramids of Giza are the greatest architectural monuments of Ancient Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. #Египет #пирамиды #Гиза #Egypt #pyramids #Giza #мкс #космос #space #natgeo #natgeoru #iss #instagram #instagramrussia

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He even caught this one of Dubai’s man made Palm Jumeirah Island in all its glory.

Как же красиво выглядят с борта Международной космической станции искусственные острова и архипелаги, расположенные на береговой линии Дубая в Объединенных Арабских Эмиратах. Вот на днях сфотографировал всеми известную Пальму Джумейра и Мировые острова – это такой интересный архипелаг, состоящий из нескольких островов и напоминающий континенты нашей родной Земли. // The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates. And the World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf. #острова #Джумейра #ОАЭ #Дубай #islands #Jumeirah #UAE #Dubai #мкс #космос #iss #space #natgeo #natgeoru

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And while passing Tunisia he captured a dust storm, which while choking if experienced at ground level, looks quite beautiful in this image.


And from Yemen he photographed this quite extraordinary view which shows how beautiful the country actually is.


DUBAI: It is quite common to take photos of your work if it involves travel, we all do it. But Russian astronaut Sergey Ryazanskiy has taken this to a whole new level sharing photos that are quite literally out of this world on his Instagram account.
His collection of photos taken from space includes an image of Makkah at night. He captioned the stunning image: “The holiest place in the Islamic world. #Makkah is beautiful both day and night. Impossible to confuse it with any other city in the world even from space.”

#Мекка - город необычный во всех отношениях. Этот город - святыня мусульман, и въезд в Мекку немусульманам строго запрещен. Это тщательно контролируется, я слышал, что даже имеются дорожные знаки с предупреждением. А еще обратите внимание на интересную архитектуру города, мне кажется, что его невозможно перепутать ни с каким другим даже из космоса. Прекрасен и ночью, и днем. // The holiest place in the Islamic world. #Mecca is beautiful both day and night. Impossible to confuse it with any other city in the world even from space. #город #мкс #космос #space #natgeo #natgeoru #iss #instagram

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And he has managed to capture images from a number of other Arab locations too.

Ryazanskiy has also previously photographed an image of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, which received words of thanks from several people.
The comments included one from husain90000 who wrote: “We are Iraqis thank you for this picture already Baghdad City of Peace City of love and camel Hope you success.”

And while gliding through space one day he of course managed to get a photo of Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza, which he captioned: “The Pyramids of Giza are the greatest architectural monuments of Ancient Egypt.”

Египет. Комплекс пирамид в Гизе – величайшие архитектурные памятники Древнего Египта. Самая верхняя на снимке пирамида – Хеопса – единственное из «Семи чудес света», которое сохранилось до наших дней! // The Pyramids of Giza are the greatest architectural monuments of Ancient Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. #Египет #пирамиды #Гиза #Egypt #pyramids #Giza #мкс #космос #space #natgeo #natgeoru #iss #instagram #instagramrussia

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He even caught this one of Dubai’s man made Palm Jumeirah Island in all its glory.

Как же красиво выглядят с борта Международной космической станции искусственные острова и архипелаги, расположенные на береговой линии Дубая в Объединенных Арабских Эмиратах. Вот на днях сфотографировал всеми известную Пальму Джумейра и Мировые острова – это такой интересный архипелаг, состоящий из нескольких островов и напоминающий континенты нашей родной Земли. // The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates. And the World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf. #острова #Джумейра #ОАЭ #Дубай #islands #Jumeirah #UAE #Dubai #мкс #космос #iss #space #natgeo #natgeoru

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And while passing Tunisia he captured a dust storm, which while choking if experienced at ground level, looks quite beautiful in this image.


And from Yemen he photographed this quite extraordinary view which shows how beautiful the country actually is.


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