Fifty-six adjoining images from the newest Landsat satellite have been stitched into a seamless flyover.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to soar like a satellite, watching the world pass beneath you? The dream is elusive (except for astronauts), but through imagery from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), we can take a vicarious flight. In mid-April 2013, the newest satellite in the Landsat family scanned a 120-mile-wide swath of land from northern Russia to South Africa. That flight path afforded us a chance to assemble a flyover view of what LDCM's Operational Land Imager saw, including clouds, haze, and varying angles of sunlight. The full mosaic and animation stretches more than 6,000 miles and includes 56 adjoining, natural-color scenes stitched together into a seamless swath. Watch the videos to see highlights from the animation.