ESAs Proba satellite here shows a winding segment of the 7240-km long Great Wall of China situated just northeast of Beijing. The Great Walls relative visibility or otherwise from orbit has inspired much recent debate.
An image acquired by Probas High Resolution Camera on 25 March 2004 shows a short stretch of the 7240-km-long Great Wall of China snaking along hilltops northeast of Beijing, running from the top middle of the image down to bottom right. The white watercourse that meanders from the middle of the left side down to the bottom of the image is the initial part of the 1500-km-long Da Yunhe or Grand Canal, a linked series of natural and man-made waterways that represents an engineering achievement on a par with the Great Wall.
The 21 hours spent in space last October by Yang Liwei - Chinas first ever space traveller - were a proud achievement for his nation. The only disappointment came as Liwei informed his countrymen he had not spotted their single greatest national symbol from orbit.
"The Earth looked very beautiful from space, but I did not see our Great Wall," Liwei told reporters after his return.
Frédéric Le Gall | ESA
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