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Archived Post 06-19-2010 05:45 AM

Earth in sol system Missing Great wall of China
 
Hi i thought this could be seen from space.. its a minor point but still would of been a nice touch.

Archived Post 06-19-2010 06:20 AM

This is a myth. Most of the Great Wall of China isn't actually visible from space with the naked eye.

Why? Several reasons. It's long. It's not big. The largest sections of the wall are wide enough to allow horses and carriages to pass on top, but for the most part it's a pretty skinny structure. The wall isn't all that straight, either - it follows the surrounding countryside, and goes up and down hills. Lastly, the wall is pretty...well, brown. And it's surrounded (these days) by trees and stuff. It blends into the surrounding countryside rather than standing out.

There are some sections of the wall that are easier to spot - see this NASA article, and it's certainly visible with radar imagery. But frankly you're more likely to see things like paved highways than the Great Wall.

Archived Post 06-19-2010 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by HMS_Indomitable
Hi i thought this could be seen from space.. its a minor point but still would of been a nice touch.

they moved starbase one

http://startrekonline.com/points-of-interest

Archived Post 06-19-2010 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Acylion
This is a myth. Most of the Great Wall of China isn't actually visible from space with the naked eye.

Why? Several reasons. It's long. It's not big. The largest sections of the wall are wide enough to allow horses and carriages to pass on top, but for the most part it's a pretty skinny structure. The wall isn't all that straight, either - it follows the surrounding countryside, and goes up and down hills. Lastly, the wall is pretty...well, brown. And it's surrounded (these days) by trees and stuff. It blends into the surrounding countryside rather than standing out.

There are some sections of the wall that are easier to spot - see this NASA article, and it's certainly visible with radar imagery. But frankly you're more likely to see things like paved highways than the Great Wall.

In addition not all of the great wall is.. well not very great anymore. large sections of it are basically just piles of rubble.

Archived Post 06-20-2010 11:36 PM

It can be seen from space, just. If you're orbiting fairly low - the myth is that it could be seen from the moon.

Archived Post 06-21-2010 04:05 AM

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Originally Posted by xcalibr_83 (Post 2770726)
In addition not all of the great wall is.. well not very great anymore. large sections of it are basically just piles of rubble.

Indeed. Most of it has actually been torn down. And most rubble is now used in housing. It was on QI (quite Intersting; Quiz show hosted by Stephen Fry).

Archived Post 06-22-2010 03:53 AM

I would also like to complain because I can't zoom in using a 25th century google earth and see my house and the future me playing this game

Cryptic fix plznthx

Archived Post 06-22-2010 04:23 AM

Also don't forget that even if it could be seen, between now and the fictional future, earth has been devestated by the Eugenics wars and World War III. :p

Archived Post 06-23-2010 08:11 AM

Actually I could do with being able to orbit the planet successfully without running into graphical walls. Sam goes for the moon. I got weird shadow effects and collision when I went around it. Oh the things you will do when you are wondering if there are any exploration accolades lurking that you have never found. :)

Archived Post 06-23-2010 10:48 PM

Seriously? Out of all the things wrong with Earth...the SB1 and the Sol system you chose to whine about the most irrelivant one of them all? What about the starfield being blue...thats not right...it should be black! Oh and what about the repeating textures on the US east coast? And the planet not rotating? And the Starbase looking big and cartoony and poorly made? And what in the world is that singularity thing by the drydocks? :rolleyes:


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