Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS Amur River (Heilong Jiang) in Heilong Jiang Province, China.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

The Amur is the world’s 10th longest river, forming the border between the Russian Far East and Northeastern China. The Amur proper is 2,824km long, and has a drainage basin of 1,855,000km2. The river rises in the hills in the western part of Northeast China at the confluence of its two major affluents, the Shilka and the Argun (or Ergune). It flows east forming the border between China and Russia, and slowly makes a great arc to the southeast, receiving many tributaries and passing many small towns. At Huma, it is joined by a major tributary, the Huma He. Afterwards it continues to flow south until, between the cities of Blagoveshchensk in Russia and Heihe in China, it widens significantly as it is joined by one of its most important tributaries the Zeya. The river basin is home to a variety of large predatory fish such as northern snakehead, Amur pike, etc.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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