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Originally posted by thematrix
Lol, I see Belgium and Holland are as bright as ever in those shots
Originally posted by TheHorseChestnut
I don't recall ever seeing the Mid Atlantic Ridge from space, also seamounts
are clearly visible.... Thought the surface of the ocean would reflect most of
the light back. Pretty incredible to see the ocean floor and shelves. The water
must be extremely clear...
Either that or this is not really a picture but rather a model.
Plus the Grey Line indicates Summer in the Northern Hemisphere when
I though Columbia flew in Winter. Pretty Light out in Northern Norway.
[edit on 21-2-2005 by TheHorseChestnut]
-------------------- Fantastic photograph? Yes, but, according to snopes.com we discovered...
The contradictory explanations of this photograph's origins given in the accompanying text are the first clue that something's amiss here -- this image can't have been both "taken by the crew on board the Columbia" and "taken via satellite."
Actually, the notation about this image's having been "taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission" was added only after the fatal break-up of the Space Shuttle Columbia upon its re-entry on 1 February 2003. Well before then, this picture had been circulating as a photograph "taken via satellite, on a cloudless day."
Although this image does accurately depict the landforms described and the positioning of lighted cities to the right of the day-night terminator line, it doesn't represent an actual Earth view one might see from space. This photograph is a digital composite formed by merging multiple images from different sources (primarily satellites).