Mythbuster: Egyptian protests are not visible from space

This picture is making the rounds on the social networks today with the caption, “Stunning NASA photo of the Egyptian protest!”

“We should be protesting like this in the United States,” one commenter on the US Uncut Facebook page (the account primarily responsible for spreading the image) said.

They’re not even protesting like that in Egypt because it’s not a picture of protests in Egypt. It’s actually a picture NASA distributed in 2010.

Says NASA:

Astronaut photograph ISS025-E-9858 was acquired on October 28, 2010, with a Nikon D3S digital camera using a 16 mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 25 crew.

  • Tom K

    Do you mean everything I read in Facebook isn’t factually correct?

    • I think what I find most disturbing isn’t that stuff on Facebook is wrong. I think what I find disturbing is so MANY people blindly pass it along as truth, even though technology has NEVER made it so easy to find out if it’s so. We have an utter lack of curiosity to investigate matters of the day and yet we still behave like the old coots at Floyd’s Barber Shop when it comes to processing information.