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Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by wsdavies, Aug 5, 2005.
How unreal is that!
my new screen saver
I always imagined the Earth looking like a marble when they were deploying the arm .. they 'seem' pretty close to us, no?
Does anyone still think that the Hubble Space Telescope was actually designed to study space? Spin it around 180 degrees and it makes a nice microscope for viewing Earth. They want to send a new telescope up as they say that Hubble is obsolete, but they will likely keep it online. Hmm.....
Yah - actually not that high compared to the size of the earth.
A quick Google shows average orbital altitude to be 300km but docking with the International space station required a altitude of 351 KM this last time. This is a low-earth orbit.
Compared to 40,000KM for meterological or communications satellites.
The shuttle seems to be showing it's years. Parts look to be held together with "Kentucky Crome".
Forget Hubble, that old beast.... if the NSA wants to count your eyebrow hair it'll have a count by morning... who knows what big brother is watching, i'd like to kno too
Jeeze, they left the doors open; don't they know that bugs and stuff can get in there!
I was surprised at how big the shuttle is...and also how close the earth looked..Plus it seems like you only ever see pics with the shuttle where the background is dark space...
Seems weird that you would be able to see roads and farms and stuff in that proportion at that elevation.
It's amazing the detail you can get from a good lens from space.
Have you checked out the Google Earth program? It's pretty cool. It uses existing satelite pics -- you'd be amazed at the detail.
Geez thats just amazing. Gawd my life seems boring.
I love google earth. But it doesn't show objects 10 feet away from the lense at the same time it is showing buildings 300 miles away. Depth of field? I don't claim knowledge here. Just an intuative baulk.