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This image is circulating the internet. Obviously it is a NASA image, but we have no data on the particulars of the release. The accompanying text is below. Without peeking, how much of the map topography can you recognize? Note the clarity of the Atlantic and its trenches.
It is also an interesting fake. I and others were flim-flammed. This was NOT taken by the Columbia crew. See “Comments” for the full story.
The photograph attached was NOT taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission, 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 Dublin, London, Lisbon, and Madrid.
The sun is still shining on the Strait 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 night time.
To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen . You can also detect where the continental shelf ends and the deeper ocean waters begin; and you can even see the ridges and rifts in the ocean floor to the lower left in the photo.
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