Widespread Environmental Damage Seen From Shuttle
“Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It’s very widespread in some parts of the world,” Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
“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,” said Collins, who was standing with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi in front of a Japanese flag and holding a colorful fan.
Collins, flying her fourth shuttle mission, said the view from space made clear that 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.” [more]
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