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The Trickle - Warren-space connection

January 13, 2011 - Brian Ferry
Sometimes I come across bits of information that are interesting, but not interesting enough for the front page (or a middle page, for that matter). No matter how cool I think it is, it's just not worthy. In this case, I will use the power of blog to bring attention to something that I thought was pretty cool, but just doesn't make the news grade. In a recent broad search of Internet news for references to Warren, I saw the words Montreal, NASA, and Warren, PA, together in one place. That can't happen very often. I checked it out. The interestingness level of the story grew for me when I discovered it was about a photograph. So, photography, Warren, NASA, and Montreal. That's enough to get me to read the whole thing. NASA recently released a photo taken of the Montreal metropolitan region taken by a crew member on the International Space Station. It's a cool shot and that it's from space makes it much cooler. So, that takes care of NASA, Montreal, and photography. The photographer turned astronaut apparently put a Nikon D3S against a window of the craft and, using a 180mm lens, shot the bright lights of the big city. The shot is not taken straight down at the target, another facet that adds interestingness. NASA puts a scientific spin on the art: "This distance from the camera target, coupled with the oblique (inclined) viewing angle from the ISS, results in the foreshortened appearance of urban areas in the image." Where was the ISS? That's where I pick up the local "angle". "The International Space Station was located over the Pennsylvania-New York border (near Warren, PA) at the time this image was taken—a ground distance of approximately 600 kilometers southwest of Montreal." At the time the photo was taken, the ISS was closer to Warren than Warren was to Montreal. The station orbits at about 225 miles above earth, give or take 60 miles. I wonder what that straight-down shot would have looked like...


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