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The Wall

Posted by Word Camel on November 06, 2003

In Reply to: Great Wall of China posted by Harikrishnan Menon 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.