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Above It All: A Satellite's-Eye View of Pres. Obama's Inauguration [Slide Show]

GeoEye 1 puts an historic event in perspective

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A NORMAL DAY AT THE MALL:

This GeoEye 1 image shows the National Mall on an ordinary day, when there aren't millions of people lining it from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, where most of the Obama inauguration onlookers gathered.....[ More ]

COLD DAY, HOT TICKET:

It was 28 degrees Fahrenheit (–2 degrees Celsius) in Washington, D.C., just after noon when the ceremony took place, which was practically toasty compared with the record low of –2 degrees F (–19 degrees C) at Ronald Reagan's second inauguration in January 1985, according to the Associated Press .....[ More ]

CROWDING HISTORY:

By most estimates, more people attended Obama's inauguration than any other presidential swearing-in ceremony, breaking the previous record of 1.2 million on hand when Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office in January 1965, according to MercuryNews.com .....[ More ]

QUITE A POLITICAL PARTY:

GeoEye 1 can discern objects on the ground as small as 16 inches (41 centimeters) in size, which represents an object about the size of home plate on a baseball diamond.....[ More ]

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