Satellite images of Earth?

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Satellite images of Earth?

Post by SupFanat » Sun Apr 12, 2015 14:43

Is there any place where pictures of Earth from great distance can be found?
I mean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Marble

I think, it's good idea to install a telescope on Moon which is constantly pointed to Earth. It would work like the weather satellites but without well-known need to correct the orbit. But unfortunately I can't implement it myself.

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Post by Levellass » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:26

The problem with the Pale Blue Dot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot type images is that they can't really be taken too much from Earth orbit, you need to send something far away. And for what gain? We can get more informative pictures closer up. It's like sending a probe to the moon to write 'America Rocks' in huge reflective letters, expensive and for no material gain.

I suggest you look for videos from the ISS, some of which are spellbinding. Astronomer Phil Plait is especially good with these. See for example: https://blogs.discovermagazine.com/bada ... ime-lapse/ and also https://blogs.discovermagazine.com/bada ... the-earth/

His Slate blog regularly posts awesome stuff.
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Post by SupFanat » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:41

Pictures of Earth from Moon wouldn't show anything less than pictures of Earth from distant artificial satellites. However such camera wouldn't suffer from orbital decay, having the same orbit as Moon.

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Post by VikingBoyBilly » Mon Apr 13, 2015 13:11

Levellass wrote:It's like sending a probe to the moon to write 'America Rocks' in huge reflective letters, expensive and for no material gain.
Give the job to Durandal!

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