Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Earth from Space

There is a great 24 hour portrait of the Earth from a Clarke orbit, but sadly it can't be embedded. This spacecraft, Echostar 11, is in orbit around the earth at sufficient altitude so that it makes one orbit in about 24 hours. For this reason, it remains over the same part of the earth at any given time.

A day in the life of the planet.

Launch of E-Star 11

Echostar 11:

NORAD ID: 33207
Perigee: 35,781.7 km 
Apogee: 35,805.9 km 
Inclination: 0.1° 
Period: 1,436.1 min 
Launch date: July 16, 2008
Source: United States (US) 
Comments: A powerful new broadcaster for the DISH Network satellite television system was successfully shot into space today aboard a multi-national Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket. The satellite will use an onboard engine to reach a circular geostationary orbit 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the equator where it can match Earth's rotation and seem parked over one spot of the globe. Its final destination will be the slot at 110 degrees West longitude to cover the United States.


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