Astronaut Sends Photo of Boston from International Space Station

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Chris Hadfield / CSA via Twitter
From 230 miles away in space, Chris Hadfield couldn't hear the chaos in Boston Monday, but after he heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 140 spectators, he shared his very unique view of the East Coast city.

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Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station who uses Twitter to communicate with his audience on Earth.

"Our crew just heard about the horrible events at the Boston Marathon," he wrote in an update Monday afternoon. "We all pass along our condolences and thoughts to everyone affected."

He followed the update with a photograph of Boston (pictured above), captioned "a somber spring night in Boston."

As of the latest Associated Press reports out of Boston, police are saying the explosion left three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, plus more than 140 wounded and receiving care at local hospitals. Authorities are still looking for suspects and a motive in Monday's attack.

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Boston's heart breaks as seen from the International Space Station, by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Look closely you can see the shape of a heart <3 all around Boston or if you look at it another way you can see the shape of a real heart... Our thoughts and Prayers are with you!

JohnQ.Public topcommenter

When I fist saw this photo without a caption last night, I thought that it was broken glass from a storefront window near the bombing.  Interesting how context, or lack of context, can change your perception of an image.

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