Sharing a photograph of India, as seen from space, he wished everyone a happy Diwali.
SM Hoax Slayer confirms that the pic is real:
Looks real. Not on net. He is astronaut.- SM Hoax Slayer (@SMHoaxSlayer) October 21, 2017
Since being shared online just three days ago, the picture has collected almost 6,000 'likes' and over 3,500 'retweets'. Many have thanked Mr Nespoli for sharing the pic:
thank you for sharing the stunning pic. love from india! #HappyDiwali- Chanakya Kumar Das (@iamckdas) October 20, 2017
Just Splendid! Thanks a bunch Paolo #HappyDiwali- OOO RG (@OutOfOfficeRG) October 20, 2017
Mr Nespoli, an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), has been at the International Space Station for over a month for the Vita Mission.
While the NASA pic did not make an appearance this year on Diwali, another Photoshopped pic definitely did - that of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, lit up with sky lanterns.
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