To honour anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5 December 2013, Nasa tweeted an image of South Africa – Mandela’s homeland – captured from the International Space Station (ISS).
Astronaut Chris Hadfield took this photo on 9 May 2013 when he was still on the ISS and shared it with his Twitter followers. The image zooms in on Cape Town, South Africa, and the south Atlantic.
Mandela was South Africa’s first black president and the first voted in a fully representative democratic election. He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Father of the Rainbow Nation, Madiba (his Xhosa clan name) was deeply respected in South Africa and the world over and will be sorely missed.