High-Resolution Image Of Earth From Electro-L Satellite

Model of Russian Meteorological satellite Elec...

Model of Russian Meteorological satellite Electro-L at CeBIT 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The site offers a zoomable and rotatable photo of the planet Earth taken by a Russian weather satellite called Electro-L.  The photo and video are made up of the highest resolution images ever taken of Earth.

The satellite is in orbit 36, 000 km above Earth’s equator.  It snaps a picture every 30 minutes at resolutions up to 121 megapixels.  60 miles of the Earth’s surface is packed into every pixel.

What is different about this interactive photo is that NASA usually makes an image from an amalgam of several photos.  These images taken by Electro-L show different things than NASA photos have  been able to show.  The images are a combination of visible and near-infrared wavelengths, depicting the Earth in a way not visible to the human eye.  For example, the orange in the picture shows vegetation.

Earth Photo: High-Resolution Image of Earth From Electro-L Satellite on Huffington Post.

Below are some videos:

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

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