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NASA astronaut shares space photos of burning Australia

Smoke from bushfires blankets the southeast coastline of Australia as the International Space Station orbited 269 miles above the above the Tasman Sea. (NASA/Released)
January 15, 2020

Australia has turned orange.

NASA Astronaut Christina Koch, a Michigan native currently aboard the International Space Station, shared three photos of the burning country to social media on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Photos taken from the International Space Station showing Australia’s wildfires from space. (NASA Astronaut Christina Koch/Twitter)

Views of Australia from space show orange clouds blanketing parts of the country as devastating wildfires continue to blaze.

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Photos taken from the International Space Station showing Australia’s wildfires from space. (NASA Astronaut Christina Koch/Twitter)

The fire season that began in late July has been the worst in decades, claiming at least 28 lives, thousands of homes and endangering hundreds of thousands of animals.

Photos taken from the International Space Station showing Australia’s wildfires from space. (NASA Astronaut Christina Koch/Twitter)

“Australia. Our hearts and thoughts are with you,” Koch said in the social media posts.

Smoke from the fires is expected to make at least one full trip around the world, which will create hazy skies and affect air quality globally, according NASA, which used satellite data to project the path of the smoke.

The smoke will eventually return to Australia, which continues to be ravaged, CNN reports. The fire season began in late July, and has since devastated large portions of the country.

Firefighters continue to work to contain the wildfires with international help, including crews from Michigan. Firefighters from the Huron Manistee National Forest, who are normally based in Cadillac, are now in Australia. One posted a photo holding baby kangaroo last week.

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