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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Canadian Astronaut Mistakes Bay Bridge for Golden Gate Bridge

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

click to enlarge A bridge too far... - CHRIS HADFIELD
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  • A bridge too far...

In space, no one can hear you scream. It follows, then, that no one can hear you when you scream that an astronaut has apparently misidentified San Francisco's most famous bridge.

In his Twitter feed, Canadian spaceman Commander Chris Hadfield sends along a breathtaking photo of the Bay Area. "The Golden Gate Bridge from space, and if you look closely, its shadow," reads Hadfield's caption.

Perhaps we're missing something -- but it appears that it's easier to mistake the Bay Bridge for its prettier and more famous counterpart from space than terra firma. The more prominent bridge in this shot, with the more prominent shadow, is definitely the Bay Bridge.

In no way, however, do we lose any respect for the commander. He hails from Ontario, and we'd be hard-pressed to identify that province's landmarks from a range of 100 feet, let alone 100 miles.

The Bay Bridge, long the draught horse to the Golden Gate Bridge's unicorn, can stand tall today. This is all but certainly the first time a Canadian astronaut on the International Space Station mistook it for its International Orange compatriot via social media.

Beauty, eh?

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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