Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Google's Super Satellite

From Wired, Google's super satellite Geo-Eye1 takes its first pictures.
The 4,300-pound satellite collected the image at noon EDT on October 7 while moving from the north pole to the south pole in a 423-mile-high orbit at 17,000 miles per hour, or 4.5 miles per second. The spacecraft can take photos at a resolution of up to 41 centimeters -- close enough to zoom in on the home plate of a baseball diamond, according to Mark Brender, GeoEye's vice president of communications and marketing.
(image credit, GeoEye-1's first image, a view of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, from wired.com)