Japanese astronaut shares stunning images of the UAE's coastline from space

Photos show The Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, World Islands and Abu Dhabi city

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A Japanese astronaut has shared remarkable images of the UAE's coastline taken from the International Space Station.

Wakata Koichi posted the images on Twitter showing The Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, the World Islands and Abu Dhabi city.

The landmarks are some of the most popular among astronauts to photograph because of their unique design, visible from the orbiting science laboratory.

“Beautiful coast of the United Arab Emirates!” Mr Koichi said on Saturday.

“We can see the Palm Islands of Dubai very clearly from the ISS.”

Mr Koichi is an astronaut for Japan space agency Jaxa and serves as a member of the UAE Space Agency’s advisory committee.

He has more than 20 years of experience in space flight, having flown on the Space Shuttle and Soyuz missions.

This month, he flew to the ISS as part of the Nasa/SpaceX-Crew 5 mission.

Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi will be on the next human space flight mission that SpaceX is launching for Nasa.

The Crew-6 mission is expected to launch next spring and will carry four astronauts to the space station.

If all goes well, Dr Al Neyadi will become the first Arab astronaut to go on a long-duration space mission.

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Updated: October 25, 2022, 9:38 AM
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