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08 June 2023

Astronaut tweets Dubai Palm Jumeirah from space

By Parag Deulgaonkar

Tim Kopra has become the latest astronaut to tweet a picture of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah from the International Space Station.

The picture, tweeted on March 5, shows the Palm during the day. In November 2015, Astronaut Scott Kelly had tweeted a night shot of the archipelago and the surrounding coastline.

Palm Jumeirah, built by Nakheel, is the largest man-made island in the world. It consists of a two-kilometre long trunk, a crown made up of 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent.
Reclamation work started on the project in 2001. The first residences, comprising 4,000 villas and apartments, were handed over from the end-2006 in a phased period, states the company website.

 Astronaut Scott Kelly's night shot of the Palm.

In 2015, Expedia, a travel website, named Palm Jumeirah as a “must-see architectural wonder.”
Kopra, who has been living and working on board the International Space Station for the next six months as part of Expeditions 46 and 47, has tweeted more picture.
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