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The Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973. Destroyed, 2001), with the new posmodernist skyscrapers of World Financial Center (Cesar Pelli & Associates, 1982-1988), in Battery Park City, nearing completion in this view looking northeast from Jersey City in Summer of 1987. The old neo-gothic Woolworth Building (Cass Gilbert, 1913) can be seen at center, between the Twin Towers.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Michael George “New York Today” (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1988)

It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are.

Frank Culbertson, Commander of Expedition 3 and therefore the only American not on Earth during the attacks of September 11, 2001. Being on board the International Space Station at the time, he documented the attacks from space including the photograph above.