Magazine article Insight on the News

What Is NASA Doing Photographing Mount Ararat?

Magazine article Insight on the News

What Is NASA Doing Photographing Mount Ararat?

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It's a boat! It's a plane! Actually, it's just an expensive picture that NASA snapped of Mount Ararat on March 18 and placed on its Website. Could it be NASA has more than a scientific interest in this subject? After all, Mount Ararat is long believed by many religious scholars and explorers to be the resting place of Noah's ark.

The late astronaut Col. James Irwin spent the latter years of his life searching for the ark on Mount Ararat. So naturally it begs the question: Is NASA following Irwin's footsteps and searching from the heavens to find Noah's ark?

"No we are not," says NASA spokesman David Steitz. "Actually, Irwin was, but not us. Our purpose for imaging Mount Ararat is strictly environmental research. We are trying to understand the Earth and how the mountain is formed and aging and the water cycle and drainage of the mountains."

The snapshot was taken from the space shuttle using a 35 mm camera and is part of a series of shots NASA used to study the Earth changes, Steitz says. …

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