"Great emotion": Pedro Duque shows the images of the first time he saw Spain from space

Although images of the Earth from space are popular and we’ve all seen them at one time or another, far fewer people have experienced the sensation of taking a picture of our planet from the outer space. One of these people is the Minister of Science, Pedro Duque, who wanted to share his experience on social networks.

Through Twitter, the astronaut has shown some photos of the Iberian Peninsula. Specifically, of the first time you saw it from Earth orbit. In them you can see the shape of the Peninsula seen from the south, with North Africa in the foreground and the Strait of Gibraltar in the center of the image.

The Minister of Science confesses that this vision made him feel “great emotion”: “To think that there were so many people and so many dear places …”. So when he perceived the shape of the peninsula through the ship’s window, he flew over to it and took three photographs.

“What a mess it was to change the reel”

Likewise, Duque talk about what it means to take a photo in space. In fact, it proposes that tweeters comment on the type of camera and film used or why it publishes three specific photos. “Reel of 70 mm, what a mess it was to change the reel up there without having a dark room”, explains the now minister.

In addition, he also comments that he captured three photographs because the exposure -that is, the amount of light that is registered in an image- “was manual” and they were taught “to make three different diaphragms in a row” when photographing. The astronaut do not miss the opportunity to show the island of Lanzarote, which captured “a few orbits later.”

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