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Falkland Islands picture from 400 kilometers above the Earth

Wednesday, February 4th 2015 - 08:28 UTC
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The picture was taken by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Guermanovich Artemiev from the ISS The picture was taken by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Guermanovich Artemiev from the ISS

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Guermanovich Artemiev, member of the International Space Station Expedition 40 posted this week a high definition picture of the Falkland Islands taken while orbiting from 400 kilometers above the Earth.

 Born in 1979 in Russian Latvia, Oleg was selected in 2003 to join a group of astronauts RKKE-15 in 2003. Before he had been a member of the Soviet Army stationed in Vilna, Lithuania. While training to become a cosmonaut, Oleg also participated in the Mars-500 program.

Oleg has his own blog where he writes about his experience in the ISS and posts pictures, such is the case of the Falkland Islands caught in a splendid clear day.

The Russian cosmonaut left in a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan in May 2014 and returned last November after spending 225 days in orbit.

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  • falklandlad

    What a fantastic picture and not an Argie nor Argentina in sight!

    Feb 04th, 2015 - 09:27 am 0
  • Mr Ed

    'Born in 1979 in Russian Latvia, Oleg was selected in 2003 to join a group of astronauts RKKE-15 in 2003. Before he had been a member of the Soviet Army stationed in Vilna, Lithuania.”

    That would have been Soviet-occupied Latvia as part of the USSR, and if he was a member of the Soviet Army in Lithuania, he would have been 12 at the time, which sounds unlikely. Apart from those minor points, a wonderful picture and nice to see something positive come from Russia.

    Feb 04th, 2015 - 09:43 am 0
  • Britworker

    This article was posted on La Nacion, it was interesting reading the comments by ordinary Argentines to it. Some of them saying “Oh look a our beautiful M-word”, then others replying to them that they are deluded, they are not ours and they never were ours.
    I think that the Falkland Islands polarise opinion in Argentina. The Russian astronaut did refer to them as the Falkland Islands however and not that dirty M-word.

    Feb 04th, 2015 - 09:46 am 0
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