Sunday, April 22, 2012

A time-lapse of Planet Earth

"A time-lapse of Planet Earth, created from images produced by the geostationary Electro-L Weather Satellite. The images were obtained beginning on May 14th, and end on May 20th. The images are the largest whole disk images of our planet, each image is 121 megapixels, and the resolution is 1 kilometer per pixel. They are taken every half hour, and have been interpolated (smoothed) to create this video. The images are taken in four different wavelengths of light, three visible, and one infrared. The infrared light is reflected by forests and vegetation, which appear orange in these images."

 Images Copyright NTs OMZ. Videos Copyright James Drake.

How great would it be to get a small space-station into a geosynchronous orbit like this? Doing so would better test long duration strategies for missions out of Earth orbit.

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