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Fraser
2004-Jul-26, 05:39 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 spacecraft took this snapshot of the Middle East and Africa from its vantage point of 100,000 km (63,000 miles) from Earth. SMART-1 is continuing its long journey to the Moon by using its efficient ion engine to slowly raise its altitude. Operation of the engine has been so efficient, in fact, that the spacecraft will probably be able to save 25% of its fuel by the time it reaches the Moon. This will allow it to get much closer to the Moon than originally planned, and take much higher resolution images of its surface.

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Zac
2004-Jul-26, 06:05 PM
starnge looking down on Earth from so far

Josh
2004-Jul-27, 12:29 AM
It's always impressive to see how there are no borders visible from space and especially no conflict! Perhaps if everyone got to witness this first hand then attitudes might change.

ASEI
2004-Jul-27, 12:43 AM
If you want to see a very real border from space, look down at the sharp and very visible border between North Korea and South Korea. It is there for all to see in Earth's shadow: To the south there are city lights, activity, life. To the north there is only darkness and one light at Pyonyang where all the weapons factories reside.

Borders are very real, and so are the things we fight for.

Tom2Mars
2004-Jul-27, 01:17 AM
Josh and ASEI look at the same thing and come to different conclusions. That's the interesting part of being human.

I'd like to add that there are solutions. I hear that North Korea needs energy. The big part of my plan is that having a healthy, productive society can be an easy, inexpensive thing to do.

If people planning space activities, habitats and human settlements, would start to embrace more efficient techniques and technologies, they would have something valuable to share with countries like North Korea.

It would be nice to show them how to meet their energy needs, and the needs of their people, without the nuclear power plants which might also produce weapons.

StarLab
2004-Jul-31, 05:23 AM
Honestly, someone should take up Josh's, ASEI's, and Tom's posts and take them to other internet forums and make a topic out of it. It seems each of the three had hit a point on a precise, very important issue. Let's take it up with the world.

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