Russia introduced an unprecedented resolution photo of Earth


16/05/2012

With the help of a Russian satellite was created photo of Earth from space the highest resolution in history. The camera on board the Elektro-L, a geostationary weather satellites, which orbit altitude of 36,000 km above the equator, which was launched in January 2011, has made an astounding 121 megapixel photo of Earth.

This is Russia’s first weather balloon on a similar orbit. Prior to that, the Russian meteorologists have had to use the data of U.S. and European satellites for weather forecasting. Electro-L number 1’s shooting of the Earth in visible and infrared bands, allowing to conduct observations of natural phenomena and processes on the surface of the planet. By combining the different wavelengths of light, these photos are different richness and expressiveness.

It is reported that the image was created by the Russian space agency by applying the four photos of the Earth - three of them in the visible wavelengths of light, and one - in the infrared range, which led to the orange color of the vegetation of our planet.

By comparison, the famous photo of the Earth, "Blue Marble" by NASA, was created out of several smaller photos with realistic color reproduction. Thus, we can say that this is an improved version of the photo "Blue Marble."

This photo was published by James Drake, who had acquired them from units called Roscosmos Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring, which controls the Electro-L number 1 after showed an interest in animation and publishing these photos.

"In total, I have a 1200 high-resolution images," - said Drake. "When I see these pictures, I understand that the planet on which we live is an incredibly beautiful, interconnected and alive," - said Drake.

Original: Msnbc.msn.com


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