Daily Archives: March 22, 2011

Ancient lands and thousand of years of history

U.S. Army Colonel Doug Wheelock has been posting fabulous photos from space on his Twitter account under the name Astro_Wheels. You must begin a Twitter account in order to see all of the high resolution photos. Several of the photos could be helpful in teaching and understanding the Bible world.

NASA says that Whitlock,

flew aboard the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft to serve as an Expedition 24 flight engineer and commander of Expedition 25 on the International Space Station. In 2007, Wheelock visited the station as an STS-120 mission specialist and conducted three spacewalks.

The photo below was made over the Shaara Desert. For the high resolution photo click here.

Over the Sahara Desert from space. Doug Wheelock. NASA.

Over the Sahara Desert from space. Doug Wheelock. NASA.

Here is the description of the photo given by Wheelock on Twitpic:

Over the Sahara Desert approaching ancient lands and thousands of years of history. The Nile River flowing through Egypt past the pyramids of Giza up to Cairo in the delta; the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea; Jordan River; and the Sea of Galilee are visible, as are the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece coming over the horizon.

It is difficult to see the Sea of Galilee in the small photo, but you can see it if you look at the largest resolution available at the Twitpic site.

Many of Wheelock’s photos are available on various web sties that have taken the time to download and post them. Just search Google for something like “Wheelock space photos.”

Might as well enjoy these photos. If you are a USA citizen you helped pay for them.

HT: John Gresham