Tuesday, March 11, 2003


This photograph was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission. This photograph was taken via satellite, on a cloudless day. The picture is of Europe and Africa when the sun is setting. Half of the picture is in night. The bright dots you see are the cities lights. The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert. Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that's it's still daylight in London, Lisbon, and Madrid. The sun is still shining on the Straight of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Sea is already in darkness. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands; below them to the right are the Madeira Islands; a bit below are the Canary Islands; and further south, close to the farthest western point of Africa, are the Cape Verde Islands. Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during daytime and nighttime. To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen.
Thanks to Homan for sending this wonderful Fantastic photograph.

Update: This photo is fake!. Here it is written that the topography of the ocean floor would not be visible in a genuine photograph!!.
Anyway, Homan sent this artificial picture. Here is my philosophical conclusion:
“ You can trust a intimate friend in your social life, but never trust what he/she says or claims”. Every thing should be tested scientifically!!
Thanks to Angua for sending this correction.

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