Only One American Wasn’t on Earth on 9/11, and This is What He Saw
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, as Americans watched unprecedented horror unfold before their eyes, one man watched the attacks unfold from hundreds of miles above Manhattan. Frank Culbertson was the only American not on Earth that day.
Instead, he was commanding the International Space Station and snapped this pic of a smoke plume spilling out from the location of the Twin Towers.
Culbertson said it was “horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country” and mourned “watching life being destroyed” while on a mission committed to trying to improve life on our planet.
Visible from space, a smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area after two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. This photo was taken of metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York as well as New Jersey) the morning of September 11, 2001.
“Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the people there, and everywhere else,” said Station Commander Frank Culbertson of Expedition 3, after the terrorists’ attacks.
Edited by: Dan Collins