NASA released a satellite image Saturday, that put into context the damage and destruction that had taken place in New York City from the September 11 terror attacks that took down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

The photo shows the incredible amount of smoke billowing over Manhattan as the two towers smoldered before collapsing that day. 

Here’s a portion of the release NASA sent out regarding the image. 

”The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were a national tragedy that resulted in a staggering loss of life and a significant change in American culture. Each year, we pause and never forget. Beyond remembering and honoring the Americans who died that day, NASA also assisted FEMA in New York in the days afterward, and remembered the victims by providing flags flown aboard the Space Shuttle to their families.”

NASA found a way to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. They flew almost 6,000 4-by-6 inch flags on the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s flight in December of 2001. Those flags that went into space were then given to the relatives of the victims the following summer. 

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