Astronaut Shares Sept. 11 Experience from Aboard ISS

Astronaut Frank Culbertson, Expedition 3 Commander, recently shared his experiences aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, in the most recent edition of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex “Tell Me a Story” video series. As the only American not on Earth at the time, Culbertson offers a unique and deeply moving account  on the events of that terrible day that will never be forgotten.

In the video, entitled “9/11 A Perspective from Space,” Culbertson relates how he learned about the attacks that day and saw the devastation wrought in New York City and at the Pentagon from space. Culbertson eventually is told that friend and U.S. Naval Academy classmate Charles “Chic” Burlingame was the pilot of the  airplane that was crashed by terrorists into the Pentagon. Culbertson goes on to offer a salute to his friend from the ISS by playing “Taps” on his trumpet. Take a look:

Even though thirteen years have passed since that terrible event, the world still remembers all the lives that were lost and the terrible impact that terrorist attacks can have on society. We certainly hope nothing like that will ever happen again, and we continue to keep in our mind all those that lost family members and friends.

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