Today's inauguration as seen from over 400 miles high (GeoEye)
Today's inauguration as seen from over 400 miles high (GeoEye)

Earth Observation, Satellites

The Inauguration of President Barack Obama from Space

20 Jan , 2009 by

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Travelling at 17,000 mph at an altitude of 423 miles, the 4,300 lb GeoEye-1 snapped a very high resolution image of Washington D.C. just before Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Looking like crowds of ants vying for space around Capitol Hill and the White House, hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered to watch this historic day unfold…

GeoEye-1 took this satellite photo of Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony (GeoEye)

GeoEye-1 took this satellite photo of Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony (GeoEye)

While Washington D.C. celebrated the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the staff at the satellite imagery company GeoEye were hard at work, processing a unique view of the nation’s capital. One of the world’s most advanced imaging satellites (used by Google Maps and Google Earth) called GeoEye-1 was able to grab this incredible image from orbit, providing a view none of the cameras on the ground could experience.

GeoEye commissioned this orbital photograph in response to numerous media requests. The satellite is able to attain a resolution of 0.41 meters, although this preliminary view has been shrunk by media sources for distribution. It does however, capture a unique view of what is a historic day not only for the US but for the World.

More information about GeoEye-1:
In August 2008, Google signed a deal with the satellite imagery company GeoEye for exclusive use of the images produced by the company’s new GeoEye-1 satellite. GeoEye-1 was launched on board a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on September 6th 2008. The satellite is currently in a Sun-synchronous orbit, over 400 miles above the surface of Earth, imaging the surface in unprecedented detail. A US government licence actually limits the resolution of available images to 0.5 metres (the camera on GeoEye-1 can attain a resolution of 0.41 metres). GeoEye-1’s competitors can resolve objects down to 0.6 metres at the smallest. The GeoEye products are currently used by Google for several projects, such as Google Earth and Google Maps.
–Universe Today article, “Google Satellite” Will Have an Orbital View Over Obama’s Inauguration

Source: CNET

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Kevin F.
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January 20, 2009 6:08 PM

Those must be the bathrooms in the upper right of the Washington Monument closeup.

Beamer
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Beamer
January 20, 2009 7:10 PM

Is that another satellite in the lower left corner there?

coffee
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coffee
January 21, 2009 2:39 AM

The inauguration ceremony // after party looked like quite a get-together — i’m sorry i missed it

Silver Thread
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Silver Thread
January 20, 2009 7:51 PM

From way up here they all look like little ants.

Astrofiend
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Astrofiend
January 20, 2009 7:55 PM

Wow – looks like quite the party!

Max Payne
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Max Payne
January 20, 2009 8:25 PM

People really are little ants.

clatonium
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clatonium
January 20, 2009 10:07 PM

Beamer: I think its a dock on the Potomac river that suspiciously looks like a satellite

How to Start a Business in California
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It was a historic day indeed with the inauguration of Barack Obama and now Obama will have to sit down and to tackle the problems facing the United States of America. The economy, oil, jobs and two wars will all be Obama’s focal points during his historic first 90 days in office. The changing of the guard will hopefully equal a end to the crisis.

rogueweapon
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rogueweapon
January 21, 2009 3:11 AM

If you look at google earth you will see that there are many occult patterns in the Washington DC street design, most notable is the inverted pentagram (satanic star) with the White House directly at is bottom point. Btw the Washington Monument is a giant Masonic Obelisk.

Sofia
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Sofia
January 21, 2009 4:57 AM

Here is the town plan of 1791, with the stellar saquares :

Sofia
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Sofia
January 21, 2009 5:05 AM

Town plans were always designed in a way that central streets lead to important monuments. Its a practice that began in Rennascense ( 1400 ).

Sofia
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Sofia
January 21, 2009 5:19 AM

Before, towns were much smaller, the important buildings very few and usualy concentrate in a place.
The rule of older times was roads – with gates in the 4 entrances of the cities – across the directions north – south, east – ovest.

Michael
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Michael
January 21, 2009 6:37 AM

Over 2 million people in attendance and only 268 missed work. Indeed it is time for change.

FlyingRelic
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FlyingRelic
January 21, 2009 7:27 AM

RE: “Over 2 million people in attendance and only 268 missed work. Indeed it is time for a change.”
Yes, Michael, and the change needs to start with the nonsense that’s filling up the space between your ears. Your joke’s veiled appeal to the sterotypes that “Blacks are lazy and unemployed by choice” and “Only Blacks supported Obama” are easy to decipher. You are obviously giving your opinion about numerous people that you’ve never met and know nothing about except what Rush Limbaugh tells you.

Relic Flyer
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Relic Flyer
January 21, 2009 8:47 AM

I think that shows how sensitive you are. I think he was talking about 2million GOVERNMENT people not missing work cos they are at the inauguration.

You missed the point. The government is wasteful. Time for a change, YES.

rogueweapon
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rogueweapon
January 21, 2009 9:00 AM

Sofia, the city planners were Freemasons. they incorporated esoteric symbols into the street design and monuments as a way of channeling energy. It is alchemy, just like the occult symbols on the dollar bill. The best way to hide something is in plain sight. btw, Obama was selected by the washington and wall st. elites because he won’t change the establishment, all you have to do is follow the money. who really funded him?

Amy F.
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Amy F.
January 21, 2009 9:51 AM

FYI, all Federal employees in the DC metro area were given the day off to cut down on traffic, etc. This happens for every inauguration. The vast majority of them stayed home.

Sofia
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Sofia
January 21, 2009 10:19 AM

Well, I have a book on massonery but I didn’ t read it yet. I know that the thing began with constructors, nothing else for the moment.
Town plans were very big projects, it is very probable that the people who were making the final approvments were organized in such groups and were inserting monument – marks on several significant parts of the town.

Dan Foss
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Dan Foss
January 21, 2009 1:37 PM

If this is the height of the crowd, it pales in comparrison to Stand in the Gap.

bugzzz
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bugzzz
January 21, 2009 3:05 PM

interesting perspective. a nice reminder that to the universe we really are ants around the hills. i wish i could life 50 times my weight though. what a ripoff.

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