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What Suez Canal crisis looks like from space: UAE satellite captures images

Dubai - Images show progress of the attempts to refloat giant ship blocking the Suez Canal.

Images: MBRSC/Twitter
Images: MBRSC/Twitter

By Web Report

Published: Mon 29 Mar 2021, 3:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 29 Mar 2021, 3:10 PM

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has shared stunning new images taken by KhalifaSat that show what the progress in recent efforts to clear the Suez Canal looks like from space.

The major trade route has been blocked for six days by the massive container ship Ever Given (Follow our live coverage here).

KhalifaSat is a remote sensing Earth observation satellite that was designed and built at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai. It is the first entirely Emirati-made satellite and was launched into orbit on 30 October 2018 from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center.

The Ever Given got stranded diagonally across the Suez Canal on March 23 after it lost the ability to steer due to strong winds and a sandstorm. It has been partially refloated as on Monday and has started its engines.

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