The Long Swath – LDCM Update

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After settling into orbit at its final altitude of 705 km (438 miles) on April 12, the LDCM satellite tested its natural color imager on April 19 by scanning a swath of land 185-kilometers wide and 9,000 kilometers long (120 by 6,000 miles).

This swath consisted of 56 still images and was almost all of land.  Moving at 17,000 miles per hour it took the LDCM about 20 minutes to capture this 6,000 mile long image.

You can fly along with the LDCM with a 4 minute video put together by NASA:

Or zoom in and out of the 19.06 gigapixel image with the Gigapan viewer:


Have a little more time to float above the Earth? Here’s a 15 minute video by NASA of the imagery:

 

Source and links:

NASA.gov

Gizmodo

4 minute Long Swath video

15 minute Long Swath video

GigaPan Viewer

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