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Remembering 9/11: NASA Marks 16th Anniversary with Online Tribute

New York City from ISS
This image, taken by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik from the International Space Station on Aug. 26, 2017, shows the New York City area. (Image credit: NASA)

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, NASA shared a blog post providing look at some of the ways that the agency has participated in honoring those who died. 

NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson was the only living American who was not on Earth on Sept. 11, 2001. In a video interview from 2014, Culbertson reflected on what it was like being in space on that day. The NASA website also features images that Culbertson took from space of smoke and dust billowing up from lower Manhattan, where the Twin Towers were located, as well as other locations affected by the attacks. 

The post also includes images of New York City and Arlington, Virginia (the location of the Pentagon, which was also the subject of an attack), taken by astronauts on the space station in 2017. 

Visit NASA's website for more. 

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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