[permaculture] BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Shuttle crew see damage on Earth
Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lfl at intrex.net
Thu Aug 4 11:58:23 EDT 2005
Shuttle crew see damage on Earth
Earth viewed from the Space Shuttle complex, Getty Images
Eileen Collins says the Earth's atmosphere looks eggshell thin
Discovery Commander Eileen Collins described on Thursday how widespread
environmental destruction on Earth is highly visible from the shuttle.
She warned people to take greater care of our planet and work towards
protecting natural resources.
Her comments came as Nasa considered whether to send astronauts on an
extra spacewalk to repair shuttle damage.
Discovery is currently linked with the International Space Station,
orbiting 352km (220 miles) above the Earth.
"Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there
is deforestation," Commander Collins said during a conversation from
space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister
We know that we don't have much air - we need to protect what we have
Commander Eileen Collins
"It's very widespread in some parts of the world. We would like to see,
from the astronauts' point of view, people take good care of the Earth
and replace the resources that have been used."
"Thin as eggshell"
Commander Collins, who is making her fourth shuttle flight, said her
view from space emphasised how Earth's atmosphere must be protected too.
"The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very
thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air - we need to
protect what we have."
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