The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) posted a stunning new image on its Instagram account, showing that a huge glacier is melting. The image taken by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the International Space Station (ISS) is the Upsala Glacier, the third largest glacier in the Patagonian ice field in Argentina and southern Chile. NASA said that glaciers are shrinking, and astronauts in space and Earth observation satellites that monitor climate scientists are gradually taking notice. The graph shows that due to the climate crisis, the Upsala Glacier has suffered a substantial retreat, because most of the crisis has disappeared.
“As the Earth’s climate changes, such observations made by the International Space Station help provide unique insights to ensure the safety of our planet,” NASA captioned this photo.
At the time of writing, more than 8.46 Instagram users have seen the image. Although most people praised the spectacular sights captured by French astronauts, a few admitted that the climate crisis posed a serious threat to the planet.
The person with the username i_m_g said: “The earth is dying.”
Khyrstyn Jackson said: “I hope you can put pictures from the last century aside for comparison.”
“It is not possible to broadcast live on these vehicles,” Nihal Sen asked.
The Upsala Glacier is the southern remains of the Patagonian Ice Sheet, which covered the southern Andes Mountains during the last ice age. According to a report by the European Space Agency, from 2001 to 2016, it retreated more than 3 kilometers.
Pesquet, 43, returned to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule in April this year for a six-month duty. Since then, he has been sharing incredible photos of the earth. He uses the username “thom_astro” on his Instagram account.
Here are some photos he shared before:
The weather in European cities is sunny at night:
Sahara Desert and White Clouds:
Snow-covered mountains from Central Asia:
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