“Israel – completely clear – on Christmas morning from the International Space Station. Astronaut Barry Wilmore woke up early on Christmas to reflect upon the beauty of the Earth and snap some images to share with the world,” reads a post on the International Space Station’s Facebook page. The photos are among many captivating images Wilmore has captured from space that have been posted to the page.
The post, perhaps not surprisingly, has garnered a great deal of discussion among Facebook users about the region’s geopolitical realities, which aren’t conveyed in the vast, zoomed-out image, as well as geological issues like the region’s water crisis, which are in fact visible.
You can see the rest of Wilmore’s photographs of Israel from space here.
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Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.