German astronaut Alexander Gerst, 38, has taken what he is calling his "saddest photo yet" of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the photo, which was taken from space, explosions over the war-torn region can be seen rather clearly, outlining exactly where the fighting is taking place and how intense the bombing campaigns have been in Gaza.
While he has been taking photos of the conflict from aboard the International Space Station since it began 16 days ago, Gerst believes this is his saddest photo yet.
Here is the photograph:
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According to The Metro, the German flight engineer - a geophysicist and volcanologist - is two months into his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station as part of a six-man crew.
As of Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (less than 24 hours after the photo was tweeted), the tweet containing the photo has gone viral, receiving over 28,000 retweets.
So far, this conflict, which began on July 8th, has claimed at least 700 lives, including over 150 Palestinian children. An end does not seem to be in sight, as Hamas has just rejected yet another ceasefire proposal, this time put forth by United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
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Source: The Metro