Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The London Eye, at a height of 135 metres (443 ft), is the biggest ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, visited by over 3 million people in one year. At the time it was erected it was the tallest ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang in China (160 m) in May 2006, and then the Singapore Flyer (165 m) on 11 February 2008.
The wheel carries 32 sealed and air-conditioned egg-shaped passenger capsules, attached to its external circumference, each capsule representing one of the London Boroughs. Each capsule holds 25 people, who are free to walk around. It rotates at 26 cm (10 in) per second (about 0.9 km/h or 0.6 mph) so that one revolution takes about 30 minutes. The wheel does not stop to take on passengers: the rotation rate is so slow that they can walk on and off the moving capsules at ground level.
Taken from Wikipedia, fountain of all knowledge on the internet.