Satellite image of the inauguration crowds today

inauguration_overlayGeoEye made quick work of posting an image from Barack Obama’s Inauguration today.  As promised, they snapped a photo at 11:19am and had it posted by this afternoon.  The photo does a great job of capturing the mass of people that were in Washington.  It was very interesting to see the the crowds formed — presumably to get in front of the billboard-sized screens that were set-up along the mall.

If you’d like to see it for yourself, Google has created a special overlay that includes the file.

I’m a bit disappointed there weren’t any easter eggs in there — it was well known that the photo would be taken at 11:19, and the festivities hadn’t really begun at that point.  Still, given the relatively low quality of the photo it would have taken some serious work to make something that would have been visible.  Plus, you never know when a plan like that can go bad.

Google to get imagery from new GeoEye satellite

In just over five days, GeoEye is launching a new satellite and Google will be the exclusive online source for the imagery.  Details of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

The GeoEye-1 satellite will be able to capture imagery at a suberb detail level of 41 centimeters, though Google will have to convert to 50cm quality to comply with US laws.  The satellite will be able to capture imagery equivilent to the size of New Mexico each day, though I don’t know if that will lead to larger or more frequent updates from Google.

As a cool side bonus, the Google logo is on the side of the rocket!  Check out the pics below.

Also, a brief clarification about Google’s affiliation with GeoEye was posted on Wired earlier today:

Google is interested in collecting the highest quality commercial satellite imagery available and as a symbol of this commitment has agreed to put the company logo on the first stage of the GeoEye, Inc. launch vehicle. Google Maps and Google Earth already include imagery from GeoEye. Google does not have any direct or indirect financial interest in the satellite or in GeoEye, and did not pay any fee to place its logo on the launch vehicle.