Chris Hadfield shows effects of Germany's East-West division in space photo



A photo that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took from space last year gained traction again on Sunday, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The image, which Hadfield originally tweeted on April 17, 2013, shows the stark differences that still remain between East Berlin and West Berlin more than two decades after the wall was torn down on Nov. 9, 1989. Built in 1961 by East Germany (also known as the German Democratic Republic) to prevent its residents from escaping, the wall cut off the communist East from the democratic West during the Cold War.

Hadfield photographed Berlin at night from the International Space Station, 200 miles above Earth. He also took this photo of the city a month earlier:

Living standards in East Germany still lag behind its western counterpart.
"Although we've made a lot of progress in the 20 years since the wall fell, we haven't had the money we would have liked to equalize the two parts of the city," Christa Mientus-Schirmer, a member of Berlin's city government, told The Guardian last year.
In East Berlin, there are "sodium-vapor lamps" that have a yellower color, while West Berlin has fluorescent lamps, which emit a whiter color, a spokesperson for the city's street furniture department, told the newspaper.




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