‘The heartbeat of Australia’: French astronaut shares incredible photos of Uluru from the International Space Station
- French astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares amazing photos from Uluru . space
- Captured images of Australian landmark aboard the International Space Station
- ISS commander described Uluru as awe-inspiring on his second space mission
Incredible images have surfaced of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks from space.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has shared his stunning photos of Uluru in the Northern Territory, captured aboard the International Space Station.
The ISS commander described the scenes of Uluru during his second space mission as awe-inspiring.
“Uluru in the morning, this sacred place is understandably revered when you see it like this from space,” Pesquet wrote in the Instagram post.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured beautiful images of Uluru from space ruimte
‘The sandstone rock is known to change color, and from space I agree that a sunrise or sunset changes tone, glowing in the different lighting.
“The shadows in this photo made it easier to see and help it stand out, but the massive sandstone structure nearly two miles wide is hard to miss.
‘Uluru goes largely underground, like an iceberg, and is a watering hole for wildlife.
The photos were inundated with comments and brought back memories for many who have visited the beloved tourist attraction.
“It almost looks like it’s floating,” commented one woman.
One man added: ‘Some say it’s the heartbeat of Australia and who am I to argue.’
Many viewers suggested that the iconic monument (pictured) looked like it was floating
Pesquet, the first Frenchman appointed ISS commander, shares his stunning images of Earth on his Instagram account since the start of the space mission on April 23.
His latest images include Tanzania’s Kisigo River, the French island of Belle Île, Africa, the Great Wall of China and the Egyptian capital Cairo, along with stunning images of a cloudy Bahamas.
Pesquet was also recently responsible for the launch of Coldplay’s latest single from space.
The sacred native site of Uluru (pictured) is visited by thousands of tourists every year
Formerly known as Ayres Rock, thousands of tourists flocked to the Northern Territory every year to climb Uluru before it was banned in October 2019.
Thousands still visit Uluru, which is considered sacred by the local Anangu people.
Hundreds flocked to the monument in March after torrential rains, beautiful waterfalls arose that formed the world-famous rock like a waterfall and changed the color of its red face.
The incredibly rare event was caused by nearly 50mm of rain that fell on the desert area in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in three days.
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet currently serves as commander aboard the International Space Station
WHY ASK FOR A BAN ON ULURU CLIMBING IN ORIGINATING PARENTS?
In November 2017, it was announced that climbing Uluru, which is considered a sacred site by the local Anangu people, would be banned from October 26, 2019.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s board of directors, made up of a majority of traditional Aboriginal owners, unanimously decided to close the climb.
On behalf of the Anangu people, traditional owner and board chairman Sammy Wilson said it was time to do just that.
“We’ve talked about it for so long and now we can finish the climb,” said Mr Wilson. ‘It’s about protection by combining two systems, the government and Anangu.
Thousands of tourists have come to Uluru for the last chance to see Uluru. to climb
“This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu to be proud of together; to realize, it is of course the right thing to close it.
‘The country has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. The conclusion of the climb is not something to be angry about, but a cause for celebration. Let’s get together, let’s end it together.
“If I travel to another country and there is a holy place, a restricted area, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it. The same goes for Anangu here. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, only this activity.’
On October 26, 1985, Uluru and Kata Tjuta – formerly known as the Olgas – were returned to the Anangu people.