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NASA Astronauts Mourn Victims of Brussels Attacks

Earth by Scott Kelly
An image of the Earth taken from space by astronaut Scott Kelly. (Image credit: Scott Kelly)

NASA astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly both tweeted messages of mourning over the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

The bombings, carried out yesterday (March 22) at the Brussels airport and one of the city's subway stations, left 31 people dead and 270 injured, The New York Times reported.

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Scott Kelly, who recently returned from a yearlong mission in space and will retire on April 1, tweeted a serene photo of the Earth taken from space, and said, "This perspective of Earth makes violence on its own people unimaginable. Thoughts with #Brussels."

Mark Kelly, also a former NASA astronaut and Scott's identical twin brother, tweeted a message of condolence, in which he wrote, "The world stands with the people of Brussels & Europe in the face of this evil."

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Calla Cofield joined's crew in October 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Prior to joining Calla worked as a freelance writer, with her work appearing in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In 2018, Calla left to join NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory media team where she oversees astronomy, physics, exoplanets and the Cold Atom Lab mission. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world and would really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter