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To: Prof. Dr. Klaus Becker ; Myron Pollycove ; Ted Rockwell ; Dr. Ludwig Feinendegen ; Jerry Cuttler ; Dr. Shu-Zheng Liu ; Yuan-Chi Luan ; Dr. Sadao Hattori
Cc: Jim Muckerheide
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 11:33 AM
Subject: FW: Sunset from the Space Shuttle
I saw this photo and was touched with a sense of our "one world". I have not seen such a dramatic photo taken from space and wanted to share it with you, our multi-national friends and colleagues.
Subject: Sunset from the Space Shuttle
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 08:25:01 -0600
This was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission.
This photo was taken 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 how the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and how it's still daylight in London, Lisbon, and Madrid.
The sun is still shining on the Straight of Gibraltar, and 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, the Cape Verde Islands. If you look close enough you can actually see the Atlantic floor plates and continental shelves as they extend in the ocean depths. Note how the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during daytime and nighttime. To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen, and just below and to the right is tiny Iceland.
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