NASA Nelson Mandela Tribute: Agency Posts Space Photo of South Africa

Friday, 06 Dec 2013 05:12 PM

By Robin Farmer

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
In a tribute to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday, NASA posted online a view of his homeland from the International Space Station.



Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Shared on social media, the space salute went out to 5.4 million Twitter followers of NASA and to nearly 2 million of its Google+ followers.

"In honor of the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away today at the age of 95, here is an image of Cape Town, South Africa, from space," the space agency said Thursday on its Google+ page.

"This photo was taken on May 9, 2013, by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield while living and working aboard the International Space Station. Hadfield tweeted this image and wrote, 'Cape Town, South Africa and the South Atlantic calling to forever.”

Mandela, 95, who led the fight to end nearly 50 years of racial segregation by a white minority government in South Africa, died after a prolonged illness. Mandela was known affectionately in South Africa by his clan name, Madiba.

Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin shared in the wave of tributes from leaders and luminaries across the globe.



Elon Musk, SpaceX's billionaire founder and a native of South Africa, tweeted:



The photo of South Africa is the latest view from the Cosmic Log Space Advent Calendar, which will spotlight views of Earth from space daily through Christmas.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved