Re: Mir defies Paris eclipse doom-sayer, gets unique view

Doug Jones (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 11:04:51 -0700

Larry Klaes wrote:

[much snippage]

> >Russian NTV television showed the cosmonauts' film, with the
> >huge black shadow sailing over the earth, blotting out a large
> >patch of the earth and surrounded by masses of drifting clouds.
> >
> >Blagov said the shadow was filmed and photographed as it moved
> >over the southern English port of Plymouth before heading over
> >northern France.
> >
> >``The shadow was very clearly seen on the
> > background of the clouds,'' he added.

     ^^^^^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^

I have to admit that I laughed out loud (maliciously) at that. All those poor sods getting clouded out at the eclipse- reminds me of "All Summer in a Day" by Bradbury...

(I first read that story when I was eight years old, living in Belgium, and seeing sunlight- so it seemed- about every third Tuesday. I felt Margot's pain, let me tell ya.)

Doug Jones, Freelance Rocket Plumber
"I'm not a mushroom!"