See the 2022 FIFA World Cup from space in this satellite image
Having an omniscient bird’s eye view of life can give one a false sense of godlike vision…or a severe case of dizziness!
Such was the case when the United Arab Emirates’ Khalifasat satellite, operated by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBR), captured a dizzying orbital image of Qatar’s Education City Stadium on December 6, 2022 as Morocco stunned Spain with a triumphant penalty shootout victory, to advance to the final FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals after a 0-0 draw.
The photo was taken of the Emirates-made Khalifasat orbiting 613 kilometers above the Earth looking down on Education City Stadium, home of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The MBR space center posted the picture on Twitter (opens in new tab) on December 7th along with a message of encouragement for the Moroccan team. “This photo captured by KhalifaSat shows the Education City Stadium, which witnessed Morocco’s victory that took the team to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Congratulations to the Moroccan team for this historic achievement!” the MBR Space Center tweeted.
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This photo captured by KhalifaSat shows the Education City Stadium, which witnessed Morocco’s victory that took the team to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Congratulations to the Moroccan team on this historic achievement! 🇲🇦#FIFAWorldCup #KhalifaSat pic.twitter.com/d7c7SJmqiHDecember 7, 2022
Khalifasat, also known as DubaiSat-3, is the first satellite manufactured exclusively by the United Arab Emirates. The satellite will provide high-resolution images of the Earth from a sun-synchronous orbit that can be used for urban planning, environmental monitoring and assisting in natural disaster response.
Khalifasat was launched in October 2018 on a Japanese H-IIA rocket from the country’s Tanegashima Space Center, operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is only the third spacecraft managed by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.
Unfortunately, Morocco’s incredible success, although visible in beautiful satellite images during the World Cup, ended on Wednesday (December 14) when they finally lost 2-0 to France, but Morocco has a lot to be proud of during their marvelous tournament experience. France, the reigning world champions of 2018, play Argentina in the final on Sunday 18 December.
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