It’s no secret that our planet is on fire (literally and figuratively). Even more impressively, some wildfires are so large that they can easily be detected from space – and the astronauts of the International Space Station (ISS) are on high alert.
In a recent call with SpaceFlight Insider, NASA astronaut Megan MacArthur described the harrowing experience of gazing at the turbulent Earth aboard the International Space Station. “We were very sad to see fires in large parts of the earth, and not just in the United States,” MacArthur said.
Astronauts on the International Space Station call for action against fires raging on Earth
I also took the opportunity to call to action. “For many years, scientists around the world have sounded alarm bells. It is a wake-up call for the entire global community. He advised that it would be necessary for the entire international community to confront and work with these challenges.
Satellite images show vast areas of the planet with clouds of smoke of astronomical proportions, from Siberia, Greece and Spain to the Pacific Northwest.
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