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The Long Swath

Postby fsm » Mon May 20, 2013 11:43 pm

On April 12, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) reached its final orbit, 705 kilometers (438 miles) above Earth. One week later, the satellite's natural-color imager scanned a swath of land 185-kilometers wide and 9,000 kilometers long (120 by 6,000 miles)--an unusual, unbroken distance considering 70 percent of Earth is covered with water. That flight path afforded us the chance to assemble 56 still images into a seamless, flyover view of what LDCM saw on April 19, 2013. Stretching from northern Russia to South Africa, the full mosaic from the Operational Land Imager can be browsed here.

The Long Swath
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Re: The Long Swath

Postby Teleost » Tue May 21, 2013 6:46 am

Beat me by that much fsm :)

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Postby justjj » Tue May 21, 2013 9:55 am

Brilliant isn't it.
The latest images from Kansas and Texas are a bit worrying.
Their stretching their aquifers to .. ummm drying point is getting serious; possibly only this kind of monitoring will help people see the big pictures and shift their uses of these resources into a more sustainable mode.

If that can be achieved then all the money spent on space exploration would have been worth it.
I'll rely on you two to keep me up-to-date on these things ;)
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Postby roughbarked » Tue May 21, 2013 11:02 am

justjj wrote:Brilliant isn't it.
The latest images from Kansas and Texas are a bit worrying.
Their stretching their aquifers to .. ummm drying point is getting serious; possibly only this kind of monitoring will help people see the big pictures and shift their uses of these resources into a more sustainable mode.

If that can be achieved then all the money spent on space exploration would have been worth it.
I'll rely on you two to keep me up-to-date on these things ;)


They are never going to see it if they are on dial-up. I appreciate your optimism jj.
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