Astronaut Jessica Meir captured from ISS 38th Parallel of Korean Peninsula (a:47~:50). It is said that country borders cannot be seen from space but it is interesting to note the border eventually emerge by the difference of city lights reflecting economic activities.

In August 1945 when the World War II ended, the 38th parallel was established as the boundary between Soviet and American occupation zones. In 1948, this parallel became the boundary between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea), both of which claim to be the government of the whole of Korea. The Korean War started in 1950 and after the Armistice agreement was signed in 1953, a new line was established to separate North Korea and South Korea. This Military Demarcation Line is surrounded by a Demilitarized Zone and the demarcation line crosses the 38th parallel, from the southwest to the northeast.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: 時事ドットコム

Reference: Jessica Meir’s Tweet
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