NASA highlights the beauty of Cuban waters

Posted: 19-Jul-16 10:16

NASA has fallen for the astounding beauty and unique, changing hues of Cuban waters. On a recent post shared on NASA's social networks, Expedition 48 Commander, Jeff Williams shared an aerial picture of Cuba's western region and the Gulf of Batabano, in which he drew attention to the striking contrasts created by the waters' different shades of blue.

NASA highlights the beauty of Cuban waters

Turning its attention to Cuba for the second time in recent months, NASA has recently highlighted the peculiar and dramatic beauty of Cuba’s coastal seascapes. Last Wednesday 13th July 2016, the Commander of Expedition 48, Jeff Williams, took a moment to pause and relish the contrasting beauty of Cuba’s colour-changing waters. A moment he forever captured with a snap which he then went on to share with the world via a social media post.

Awestruck by the rare sight of contrasting shades of blue blending in as if taken from an artists’ palette, Williams’ exact exclamation, with which he captioned the photograph, was:

“Wow! Look at how the navy blue contrasts with the aqua, Gulf of Batabano Cuba.”

The composite image, assembled at Johnson Space Center in Houston and then shared by Williams, was part of a series of photographs of western Cuba and the Gulf of Batabano taken as the International Space Station flew above this visually striking part of the island.

But, as I was saying earlier on at the beginning of this news; this is not the first time NASA sets its eye on Cuba in recent times. The capturing of this awe-inspiring aerial photograph follows NASA’s previous interest in the island as announced in late January this year, when the independent agency declared its intention of establishing cooperation links with Cuba in the areas of meteorology, oceanography and astronomy.

At present NASA is looking at ways of working with Cuba and creating scientific projects that could prove mutually beneficial. With the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, NASA investigator, Brent Holden, visited the island last January and expressed his belief that the renewal of bilateral governmental ties posed a great opportunity for strengthening the exchange of scientific data and information between both countries.

A Cuban astronaut based at the International Space Station next? Well, not any time soon. While it’s way too early and highly improbable for something like that to happen in the near future, far more unlikely things have happened. Only time will tell.


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