Archive for the ‘Space’ Tag
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in partnership with Google (and other sponsors), has helped fund the construction of the GeoEye-1 satellite and its launch on September 6th.
GeoEye-1 is the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite currently in Earth’s orbit and can take photos at a resolution of up to 41 centimeters from the ground. However, Google will only be able to use images taken at 50 centimeters because of a government restriction.
GeoEye-2 is set to launch in 2011 or 2012 with a resolution of 25 centimeters.
Some of the pictures were taken when the probe was only at 200KMs from the surface of the planet. The probe is set to enter Mercury’s orbit in March 2011.
You can see more of the images taken by the probe on NASA’s web site.
SpaceX’s Falcon 1 has made history as the first privately developed launch vehicle to reach earth orbit from the ground yesterday.
The rocket carries a payload mass simulator developed by SpaceX, which is aiming for private space transportation and deliveries.
After three unsuccessful attempts, SpaceX has finally done it with this fourth attempt. Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, called the launch a “great day for SpaceX.” Elon Musk is also the co-founder and former head of PayPal.