Posted by ESC on November 06, 2003
In Reply to: Re: The Wall posted by Word Camel on November 06, 2003
: : : Hi folks! I got into a discussion with a colleague of mine on whether the Great Wall of China was visible from the moon or not.
: : : can someone please confirm if I am right or not
: : : Ans while we are at it Shakespear said "To be or not to be"
: : : "be" what???? and is this phrase from "As you like it"?
: : a) It's *not* visible to the naked eye from the surface of the moon - not by a long chalk.
: : b) "To be" in this case means "to exist". That is, whether to live or not.
: : c) It's from Hamlet, not As You Like It.
: Astronauts *can* see the Great Wall with the naked eye when they are orbiting the earth. I have occasionally heard it said that the wall is the only human achievement visitble from space. Perhaps that's where your friend got the idea it was visible from the moon.
Here's a fun site -- http://terraserver-usa.com/ I was able to find an aerial view of my current home and my old homeplace on White Oak Mountain.