These amazing pictures from the International Space Station (ISS) 400 kilometers (248 miles) above Earth show Tel Aviv and Haifa at night.
Samantha Cristoforetti, new commander of the ISS, posted them on Twitter yesterday, with a greeting to the cities’ residents.
“Shalom and hello to Israel and the cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv at night,” she tweeted.
“I was also intrigued by these straight lines at the southern end of the Dead Sea – turns out it’s a complex of Jordanian salt evaporation ponds!”
Last week Cristoforetti, 45, from Italy, became the first European woman to take charge of the orbiting laboratory.
She took over from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev at a time when relations are strained by the war in Ukraine.
But the cooperation in space continues. “As I’ve said many times, you have to focus on what you have in common, not what divides you, when you have a mission to accomplish,” Cristoforetti said earlier this year.