Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS Gonave (Gonâve) Island, Haiti.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

Gonâve Island is an island of Haiti located west-northwest of Port-au-Prince in the Gulf of Gonâve. It is the largest of the Hispaniolan satellite islands. The island is an arrondissement in the Ouest and includes the communes of Anse-à-Galets and Pointe-à-Raquette. The indigenous Taínos called the island Guanabo. Made up of mostly limestone, the reef-fringed island of Gonâve is 60km long and 15km wide and covers an area of 743km2. The island is mostly barren and hilly with the highest point reaching 778m. The barren, dry nature of the soil has long prevented agricultural development on the island and kept the population lower than it otherwise might have been. During the colonial period, the island was uninhabited by colonists, which led the indigenous Taínos to seek refuge there after early battles with the Spanish.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wanderlust

Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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