The Rittenhouse Review

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Wednesday, March 05, 2003  

An Urban Legend Revealed

This is great. The photograph referenced in the post below -- the one in which Rush Limbaugh failed to identify Ireland -- is a hoax

This is from the Urban Legends References Pages:

Origins: 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. . . . 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. Although real satellite images or data may have been used in its creation, this photograph is a composite formed by merging multiple images. . . .

Nice job, boys.

[Note: Thanks to Greg Cabot of My Daddy's Blog.]

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