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Modernity Meets History

The ancient Italian city of Rome recently connected Space with Mother Earth, as the International Space Station (ISS), while orbiting the Earth, clicked the image of the Colosseum that bears the signature of ancient Roman heritage, from 400km above the oval-shaped Amphitheatre. The route of the ISS, which came on top of the Flavian Amphitheatre while orbiting the Earth, was also captured from the Earth. Parco Archeologico del Colosseo, the Rome-based museum, and the Virtual Telescope Project jointly took the eye-catching photos and videos on December 6-7, 2021.

View of Roman Colosseum from Space Station

Gianluca Masi, the noted Italian Astrophysicist and Founder-Director of the Virtual Telescope Project, was in charge of photographing the orbit of the ISS. He clicked those mind-blowing images as a part of the celebration of the first National Space Day in Italy. Currently, 10 astronauts are there onboard the ISS.

Gianluca Masi

In the Virtual Telescope Project website, Masi wrote: “This was a perfect way to tie together our 2,000-year-old history and roots with the challenges of the modern space age.” The astrophysicist added: “It is impossible to express by words the feeling and the excitement while admiring the cosmic panorama from the Colosseum, one of the most important monuments of the world: the beauty of the sky and the one of our home planet exalt each other and the pass of the International Space Station becomes a truly unforgettable experience.

Flavian Amphitheatre, Rome

Masi claimed that astronomers shared two different passes of the ISS above the Flavian Amphitheatre, observed on December 6-7. The former was simply a record one, with the ISS reaching the zenith exactly overhead from the Colosseum; the latter happened at twilight, while the sky was still significantly bright.

Watch: View of Roman Colosseum from the Space

Earlier, Masi and his team had visited 14 countries to check the best angle from where they could click such astonishing images perfectly. Finally, they found Italy as the most suitable place to get a perfect shot.

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