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Claim: Photograph taken from the Space Shuttle Columbia shows sunset over Europe and Africa.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2003]
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
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
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. This photograph is a digital composite formed by merging multiple images from different sources (primarily satellites), the same technique used to create the stunning iceberg photograph.
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