US astronaut Tim Kopra tweets stunning photo of Singapore as seen from the International Space Station

US astronaut Tim Kopra's night photo of Singapore, taken from the orbiting International Space Station.
US astronaut Tim Kopra's night photo of Singapore, taken from the orbiting International Space Station. PHOTO: @ASTRO_TIM/TWITTER

How does Singapore look when viewed from space?

US astronaut Tim Kopra, the current commander of the orbiting International Space Station (ISS), provided the answer when he tweeted a photo on Saturday (March 19) of the little red dot. 

It was taken from the ISS, which orbits about 420km above the surface of the Earth and travels at a speed of about 28,000kmh. 

Mr Kopra's tweet - with the hashtag #CitiesfromSpace - has since been retweeted 980 times, garnering over 2,400 likes.

The stunning night image depicts Singapore as an intricate network of yellow lights. Several large areas, including the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, are shrouded in darkness.

The 52-year-old, who assumed command of the ISS in December last year for Expeditions 46 and 47, has also tweeted night photos of Beijing, New Delhi, New York and Dubai.

His day photo collection includes shots of Rio de Janeiro, Honolulu and California.

Mr Kopra was involved in a harrowing experience while out on a spacewalk with British astronaut Tim Peake on Jan 15 this year.

His helmet began to leak water and the walk had to be cut short by about two hours.

The ISS has been orbiting the Earth since 1998 and has been continuously occupied since the first expedition in November 2000.