Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch as seen from the International Space Station

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who experienced a sort of Space Odyssey when his helmet filled with fluid during a recent spacewalk, has taken another interesting image from the International Space Station.

After spotting a Central Pivot Irrigation system that reminds Space Invaders arcade game in the Middle East, he has shot a contrail (shaped by high-altitude winds) of what he believes is a missile launch.

American? Russian Intecontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)? Hard to say, still an interesting photograph.

Image credit: @Astro_Luca

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