CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Liu Ranran
Is it really true that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space?
The myth began in 1904 in Henry Norman¡¯s the people and politics of the Far East. It was reinforced in 1938 in Richard Halliburton¡¯s second book of marvels. It resurfaced during the Apollo moon landings and shuttle era.
In 2003 China¡¯s first astronaut Yang Liwei was disappointed when he couldn¡¯t see the great wall from space, but in 2004 Leroy Chiao saved the day by taking a photo of it through a telephoto lens from the international space station. So it seems the only surefire way to see the Great Wall is to take a telescope into space¡ or visit China!
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