The Long Swath
May 19, 2013 7:35 PM   Subscribe

The Long Swath is a satellite image by NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission that captures, in a single continuous image, a strip of land 120 by 6,000 miles stretching from South Africa to Russia. The image can be explored in Gigapan, Google Earth, and fly-over videos and high resolution images.
posted by carter (7 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I love Landsat, and I'm so glad they are continuing the program. Sure, MODIS is great too, and I wish it all the best for the future, but the LDCM is really tickling my fancy at the moment. Thanks.
posted by Jimbob at 8:04 PM on May 19, 2013

I'm re-installing Google Earth again after a long time away to play with that kml file. Thanks for posting this.
posted by double block and bleed at 8:20 PM on May 19, 2013

The Red Sea counts as land?

(minor quibble, I love this type of stuff, thanks for posting)
posted by pravit at 8:35 PM on May 19, 2013

Just putting in a request to the lazyweb for someone to texture map that to the inside of a Ringworld/Culture Orbital 3D model, pop it into the Unreal Engine or something, and let us fly around and look at it. Bonus points for bumpmapping terrain elevation.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:07 PM on May 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

Thanks carter, your posts are always great!
posted by peacay at 12:02 AM on May 20, 2013

Thanks peacay! - Afterwards, I got into scrolling up and down the image in Gigapan, and looking at how the landscape slowly changed, especially in relation to human activity. I've been to some wide open places, and this really brought home the scale to me.
posted by carter at 6:13 AM on May 20, 2013

Medina looks like it has a crater, in the photo. In Google Earth, it looks more like a giant mosque, as I'd expect. I don't understand why it looks like a crater.
posted by Goofyy at 6:17 AM on May 20, 2013

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