posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 11:21 PM
Seems like a waste of time and money to me. I watched for quite a while over the last few weeks and I have yest to see any land, though I did see a
very fractal-looking snow pack on the mountains of the west coast of Canada, but that's about it. The cameras have no pan, no zoom, so just looking
at clouds and the blue sky (that's not the ocean you are seeing) soon gets boring.
On the other hand, Google have just bought Skybox
Bit of a difference between what the ISS cameras see and what Skybox can see, though Skybox does state that it is not the definition of the cameras
that gives the spectacular images, but the software they use, so the images will not be real time, but with lots of computing power, probably pretty
close to real time. They say it is much cheaper to launch these units into Earth orbit, but what about Lunar orbit? It's about time there was a
decent camera orbiting the Moon, Mars has HIRISE, the IMAX of space cameras, the Moon gets UV spectroscopy and laser altimeters, but no decent camera.
I'm sure the Google crew could afford to put an orbiting camera up there, will suggest it to them.