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This Image Shows Mecca From Space, Not Medina

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
26th January 2022
This Image Shows Mecca From Space, Not Medina
The photo was taken in September 2017 (Facebook).

The Claim

Saudi Arabia's Medina can be seen in a satellite photo taken from space.

Emerging story

A photo purportedly of Medina taken from space has recently circulated on Facebook.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar discovered that the picture circulating shows Mecca, not Medina. In September 2017, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky posted it on his Facebook account, among three other photos.

On the same day, NASA's Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth published the image and some technical information about its capture on its website on September 4, 2017.

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