Last April, NASA’s Landsat Data Community Mission zoomed out, way out, to take “The Long Swath.” It’s a 6,000 mile-long 120 mile-wide strip of your favorite planet, Earth. And, yes, that’s a ridiculously long swath. At a modest 19.06 gigapixels, it’s the biggest photo of Earth, ever. Watch earth’s climates change and change again as you take a stroll from Russia to the bottom of Africa.
Follow NASA’s 6000 Mile Picture here:
Landsat’s a satellite (clever name, huh?) in orbit, so the entire shot only took around 20 minutes. Makes sense when you think about it hurtling through space at 17,000 miles per hour, so this shot is just what it was looking at for those minutes. Why is this so interesting, you might ask? Well, we’re seeing what was happening in all those places at the same time, which has never been done before. Landsat shows us a good bit of Mother Earth for twenty minutes. We think that’s a pretty important perspective. Next time you’re feeling a little confined, or you’re getting caught up in whatever you’re doing, take a tip from the Landsat and zoom out. If you have a minute, check out what these astronauts have to say about their zoom-out experience: