Obama Inauguration Photographed From Space


Satellite image courtesy of GeoEye

This is what the National Mall in Washington, D.C., looked like some 40 minutes before Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States two days ago.

GeoEye-1, the world’s highest resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite, collected the image over the United States Capitol from 423 miles in space.

The image, taken through high, whispy white clouds over Washington D.C., shows the monuments along the National Mall and masses of people between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Among the many interesting features in the image are the clusters of people gathered around large jumbotron screens, GeoEye said in a news release today.

More than a million people gathered on the Mall to witness Obama’s inauguration.

The image was taken by GeoEye’s newest satellite, GeoEye-1, as it moved from north to south along the eastern seaboard of the United States traveling at 17,000 mph or about four miles per second.

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