German cosmonaut Alexander Gerst captured the territory of the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant from the International Space Station. The photographs also include the Shelter-2 insulating arched structure designed to provide additional environmental protection from radioactive particles.
Previously, the Shelter, erected as quickly as possible after the accident in April 1986, was in place of Shelter-2. Over time, the structure fell into disrepair and required urgent replacement. The construction of a new one began in 2007, and it was commissioned only in 2018.
ESA employee Alexander Gerst, like his colleagues on the ISS Expedition, often pleases Internet users with interesting footage of our planet from space. With regard to the picture of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, subscribers recognize that this territory with a terrible history looks oppressive.
Over 32 years after the famous accident, the Chernobyl area has changed a lot: people left their homes because of the most terrible radiation, and wild animals became the real rulers. The web has a large number of photos of Chernobyl animals, with which radiation played a cruel joke: two heads, four eyes, an uncountable number of limbs – this and much more, from which the human psyche involuntarily shudders when viewed.