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Several days ago, I posted these two pictures with a vaguely worded question:  https://themadspaceball.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/one-of-these-things/ I promised an answer to that question and here it is:  the top picture was taken from low earth orbit (LEO), the bottom from geosynchronous (GEO) orbit. How can one tell from just the pictures?  Two big telltales exist in them. […]

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Why space matters and explaining picture-taking (imaging) satellite operations, Part 1

Yes, it’s rocket science, but… …it doesn’t take fancy non-English math symbols to explain a lot of the basics. So, I’ll start with something I think people have asked lately:  “What can they see?”  (We’ll get to “What can they hear?” in a later post.)  Also, please note this will take a few posts to […]

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