Orbital View: A River Runs Through Tanzania

The Russians may have beaten Americans to space, but Americans are objectively crushing them in space Instagram (proof here, here, and here).

Still, Roscomos, the Russian space agency, features some breath-taking shots on its Instagram account. The one below shows Tanzania’s 370-mile-long Rufiji River, which empties out into the Indian Ocean. It was taken by cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, who left the International Space Station in 2012.

Дельта реки Руфиджи с высоты Международной космической станции. Руфиджи - река в Танзании (Восточная Африка), впадает в Индийский океан. Фотография космонавта Анатолия Иванишина. Rufiji River Delta from the height of the International Space Station. The Rufiji River rises in Southwestern Tanzania and empties into the Indian Ocean. Photo by cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin. #роскосмос #космос #мкс #планета #земля #река #руфиджи #танзания #африка #cosmos #space #planet #earth #iss #river #rufiji #tanzania #africa #roscosmos #roscosmosofficial

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The ISS is one of the few places left in the universe in which Russia and the United States work well together. But the relationship has always been about necessities. In the 1990s, the U.S., behind on its schedule for building the ISS, asked Russia to join the project. Russia, unable to afford an orbital station by itself, agreed. Today, Russia depends on NASA technology that’s more advanced than its own, and the U.S. depends on Roscosmos to send astronauts to space.