Astronaut Ivan Vagner captured from ISS Minsk, the capital of Belarus.
Located on the Svislač River and the Nyamiha River, Minsk is the largest city of Belarus with approx. 2 million population. The earliest historical references to Minsk date to the 11th century (1067), when it was noted as a provincial city within the Principality of Polotsk. Belarus is landlocked, relatively flat, and contains large tracts of marshy land. About 40% of the country is covered by forests and lumbering is an important sector. Also, peat, the country’s most valuable mineral resource, is used for fuel and fertilizer and in the chemical industry.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.