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Remembering 9/11: NASA imagery of fateful day serves as a reminder

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 10:59am MDT
A zoomed in view of the World Trade Center site as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station on September 11, 2001.  (NASA)  Click the image for a larger view.

A zoomed in view of the World Trade Center site as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station on September 11, 2001. (NASA) Click the image for a larger view.

Twelve years ago today the United States of America was forever changed when war was brought to our own shores for the first time since Pearl Harbor.  The imagery of that day still burns vividly in our memories and one from NASA shows the devastation of that day as seen from 200 miles above.

On that fateful day, crewmembers of the Expedition Three crew of the International Space Station were circling the globe.

Commander Frank L. Culbertson, Soyuz Commander Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin surely felt helpless as they passed over Ground Zero and could clearly see the plume of smoke emanating from the spot where so many people lost their lives.

The image they captured on that day was stunning – see below.  While the World Trade Center was so far below, the devastation was so clear.

Our patriotism pulled us through those trying times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity.

Today let us stand together to remember the victims of that horrible day.

Let us stand together and pay tribute to the lives of the thousands of men and women that have carried the battle forth since then and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Let us stand together and honor the hundreds of thousands who wear our nation’s uniforms protecting us.

Let us never forget so that we and our children will never experience another day like 9/11.

NEVER FORGET!

Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) the morning of September 11, 2001.

Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) the morning of September 11, 2001. “Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the people there, and everywhere else,” said Station Commander Frank Culbertson of Expedition 3, after the terrorists’ attacks. (NASA) Click the image for a larger view.

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