We’ve known that the earth is round for a long time now. It’s one of those scientific facts that even the most ill-informed person on the planet can usually wrap their heads around – with the exception of Flat Earthers.
Emboldened by the Trump administration’s clear disregard for scientific facts about things like climate change, the Flat Earth movement has been very vocal over the last two years.
They held a convention in 2018, got very angry with Elon Musk for sending a Tesla into space, denied the Mars landing, and even planned a trip to the edge of the world to prove that it did, in fact, have an edge.
They haven’t managed to raise the funds yet, but they’re hopeful.
Their latest grumble is aimed at NASA.
Jessica Meir, a highly-qualified US astronaut, is currently serving on board the ISS and snapped a glorious picture from the space station window showing the curvature of the Earth.
Meir posted the photo to Twitter and the small, vocal community of so-called ‘Flat-Earthers’ got very unhappy about it. Because they think the Earth is flat and this photo quite obviously shows that it isn’t.
You can’t argue with this view:
Or, maybe you can.
‘One of them tweeted back: ‘So from 400km above the earth you can view the whole round earth? Yeah very believable.’
Another added: ‘Nice try with the fish eye, but it’s flat.’ While a third chimed in: ‘Yes. That’s fish eye lens. Make earth looks like round. Actually, the earth is Flat!’.
The majority of the people commenting on the post just wanted to thank Meir for posting the images. Most of us will never get to see that view first-hand, so we appreciate it when astronauts share their experiences.
Also, for the record, the ISS orbits the earth at 400km, which gives them a perfectly good view of how spherical the planet is.
NASA wrote a handy post explaining how earth works, but Flat-Earthers tend to be immune to logic.
I sincerely hope that they get the funding they need for that expedition to Antarctica, soon – if only for the entertainment value.
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