Perth CITY OF LIGHTS from space 1962 and today

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It was the moment Perth became ‘the city of lights’, putting on a bright display for astronaut John Glenn as he became the first American to orbit the earth.

And ahead of the 50th anniversary of the February 20, 1962 orbit Mr Glenn has thanked the thousands who left their lights on or rushed out to their backyards to wave torches into the night sky.

Mr Glenn, now a US senator, said he can still recall the moment he saw Perth light up below him as he passed over the city in the Friendship 7 spacecraft.

“It just seems like it was yesterday to me. I remember that view very vividly,” he said in a video message.

“I know the people of Perth have great memories of those days, as do I.”

“To those of you that participated in that great time back in 1962 and 1998, thank you very much and we have Senator Glenn passed over the city again, 36 years later on a shuttle flight, when the city’s lights were turned on again.

“This time I could see the ground again, and it looked to me as though the lights of Perth and Rockingham were even more vivid than they had been back 36 years before in 1962, so it was a great view and once again we were happy to be able to say hello to the people of Perth on that dark side of the earth as I was going around,” he said

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Steve Paxton on May 24, 2013

Azzy i was very lucky to find the water still to create the great shot. i can telly you its still the same as you know it. it was interesting while i was taking the shot on timer i noticed a huge water rat walking the little beach just fitted the body into the foot print in the sand. too fast to get a photo of in the dark.good to hear from you still very busy in the cafe and still trying to get a few shots. thanks steve

Nikolai Karaneschev on June 5, 2013

Wonderful shot L+F, best wishes Nikolai

Steve Paxton on June 5, 2013

Nikolai many thanks a view i don't think we can get enough off, no matter what a great capture thanks steve

Don Z on June 20, 2013

Greetings, DonZ
(my photos)

Steve Paxton on July 7, 2013

Don many thanks for the awards mine as well steve

Very good view at night! Like! Greetings Nikos

Steve Paxton on August 4, 2013

Varkos thanks fave of mine steve

Nenad Obradovic on August 22, 2013

Really beautiful photo. L+F

Paolo Savigni on November 25, 2013

Amazing night skyline.
Greetings from Ravenna, Paolo

Ulla Niclaus on November 25, 2013

Great night shot!

Greetings, uni

Lloret on November 28, 2013

Beautiful nightview, very nice reflection, LIKE and FAVORITE

Steve Paxton on December 8, 2013

Nenad, Paolo, Uni & Lloret i was always happy to find a still morning and to come away from the day with a great image this is one of my best. thanks Steve

Richard Gregory 48 on July 7, 2014

Spectacular night shot with amazing reflections L&F Best Regards From England Richard

Steve Paxton on July 8, 2014

Richard its always good to catch the water still like this in our windy state, many thanks for dropping down under & the likes it is one of my fav as well. Steve

Christos Theodorou on March 9, 2015

Spectacular night view!!! Well done - Kind regards - Christos.

Steve Paxton on March 10, 2015

Christos thank you it sure shows up the city of lights very well best part was to get a still morning. Greeting from down under Steve

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  • Uploaded on April 14, 2013
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    by Steve Paxton
    • Taken on 2013/04/14 06:09:40
    • Exposure: 13.400s
    • Focal Length: 52.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash