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Satellite views of Obama’s inauguration

For the past week or so satellite photographs of the Obama Inauguration have been floating around the Internet. I was waffling over posting them, but figured I should go ahead and join in with the mob mentality. They are actually amazing photos, even if no artistry was really involved in their creation. Perhaps a little bit of artistry went into the merging of several photos to create the long photo, but otherwise it was all GeoEye-1 at work. But, with a president campaigning on the promotion of science, it seems fitting to have NASA help capture the moment.

There is a growing trend with Google Maps and other map-plications where people are collaborating by taking photos and posting them all to one site, creating maps of their hometowns, and collectively the world.

The one big fear people have – they’ll be caught picking their nose.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.