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article imageThe First Image from GeoEye-1 posted on Internet

By Michael Squires     Oct 11, 2008 in Technology
The Google sponsored GeoEye-1 Satellite has downloaded the first images since attaining orbit. The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base September 6, 2008.
The first image taken from the world's highest resolution commercial Earth Imaging satellite is rather spectacular considering the circumstances.
When the image was captured, GeoEye-1 was still in calibration mode. What we see here could be referred to as a "beta" version image.
Once a complete calibration of the satellite is complete, the owners, GeoEye, expect a vast improvement in image quality.
The image viewed here was taken from an altitude of 423 miles, while the satellite was travelling around 17,000 Mph above Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Writing on playing fields, and tennis courts are clearly visible.
Google, has exclusive rights to every image downloaded during the first year after the satellite is calibrated and ready to download commercial images.
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