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Re: (Fwd) Fw: Worth a look
Original poster: "Jim Lux by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>" <jimlux-at-jpl.nasa.gov>
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-uswest-dot-net>"
> MERRY CHRISTMAS...
> If you haven't already seen this you may be interested. Here is a shot of
> the world from the space station.
Don't know for sure, but the DMSP in the file name makes me think that
that image is from the Defense Meteorological Satellite... It's also
obviously a composite (the whole earth isn't night at one time).
ISS is in a pretty low orbit and probably doesn't get a very good view
of the poles (if at all), also.
There is a web site with all of the composite images, day and night, as
well as a bunch of other orbital imagery (which they sell, along with
rendering services). I can't recall the URL though.
I think that the coolest thing about ISS or shuttle imagery, though, is
the video. Thunderstorms, in particular, look really neat as the
shuttle glides over them. If I were an astronaut, I think I'd spend all
my free time glued to the window watching the world go by underneath.