Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS Samarkand and Lake Aydar, Uzbekistan.
Samarkand (Samarqand) is a city in southeastern Uzbekistan and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. Prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean, at times Samarkand was one of the largest cities of Central Asia. The city is noted as a centre of Islamic scholarly study and the birthplace of the Timurid Renaissance. In the 14th century, Timur (Tamerlane) made it the capital of his empire and the site of his mausoleum, the Gur-e Amir. Modern Samarkand is divided into two parts: the old city, and the new city, which was developed during the days of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. The old city includes historical monuments, shops, and old private houses; the new city includes administrative buildings along with cultural centres and educational institutions. The Aydar Lake is part of the man-made Aydar-Arnasay system of lakes, which are expansive reservoirs of Soviet planning.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.