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This Is How 9/11 Looked From Space

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Taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus camera on NASA's Landsat 8, this image shows the 9/11 attack site. If you think that this is not impressive, think again: it was taken the next day, September 12 at 11:30am.


The image shows New York and the smoke from the World Trade Center in true color. [NASA Goddard Flickr]

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I don't mean to go off on a tangent but is anyone else uncomfortable with all of the discussion of 9/11? I welcome the conversations with the family, friends of those directly impacted (I salute you) but somehow the photos, videos and other historical pieces of what happened that day are things I would rather put in the past and move on. Maybe we are supposed to re-live them, maybe that is part of a natural healing process — but for me it is still too raw. I do not mean anything negative on Giz's coverage, I am just expressing where I am emotionally on the subject.