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2 April 2020

Barack Obama’s inauguration in pictures: GeoEye-1 satellite snaps pictures of the Capitol from 423 miles in the sky

Yes, we all know by now that Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States earlier today.  And the prayers of satellite imagery fanatics sincerely hoping for clear skies were answered.  It wasn’t just for practical reasons either; we were all hoping that GeoEye-1, the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite, would be able to get clear images of the proceedings.  Sure enough,  GeoEye-1 was able to get some amazing pictures as it flew by at 4 miles per second.

inauguration1 Barack Obamas inauguration in pictures: GeoEye 1 satellite snaps pictures of the Capitol from 423 miles in the sky

inauguration2 Barack Obamas inauguration in pictures: GeoEye 1 satellite snaps pictures of the Capitol from 423 miles in the sky

inauguration3 Barack Obamas inauguration in pictures: GeoEye 1 satellite snaps pictures of the Capitol from 423 miles in the sky

(Satellite imagery courtesy of GeoEye)

The images show an incredible sight.  The dark brownish masses are people watching the proceedings on giant Jumbotron’s.  As you can clearly see, people are grouped together all the way from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol.

The GeoEye-1 was launched September 6, 2008 and is sometimes referred to as the Google Satellite because the search engine monolith has exclusive rights to the imagery for its Maps and Earth platforms.

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