I recently came across these pics,
There are more like them. I was like WTF!
I thought it was not possible to capture the entire Earth in one shot from lower Earth orbit. NASA said this themselves, it was the reason why almost
all of their Earth pics are not real, but photoshopped composite images. This is by their own admission.
My role is to make imagery from Earth sciences data. I turn data into pictures.
The last time anyone took a photograph from above low Earth orbit that showed an entire hemisphere (one side of a globe) was in 1972 during Apollo
17. NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites were designed to give a check-up of Earth’s health. By 2002, we finally had enough data to make
a snap shot of the entire Earth. So we did. The hard part was creating a flat map of the Earth’s surface with four months’ of satellite data. Reto
Stockli, now at the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, did much of this work. Then we wrapped the flat map around a ball. My part
was integrating the surface, clouds, and oceans to match people’s expectations of how Earth looks from space. That ball became the famous Blue
Images of the earth may seem commonplace, but there are actually very few pictures of the entire planet. The problem, Simmon said, is all the NASA
earth-observing satellites are in low-earth or geostationary orbit, meaning none of them are far enough away to see a full hemisphere. The most
familiar pictures of the entire Earth are from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo missions to the moon.
This alone should be enough to prove that these cupola pics showing the entire Earth are fake as hell. The funny thing is that if I were to make a
thread just showing these pics and would talk about how cool they are and how pretty the Earth looks from ISS there would be all sorts of space buffs,
astrophotographers and space exploration "experts" agreeing on this, and not one would even notice the blatant impossibility of such a shot.
Just goes to show they will believe anything that is produced by official sources without any form of critical and independant thought......
Even after all the proof I will have provided by the end of this thread they will still be in denial of the facts and will probably resort to insults
Well the joke's on you.
So, although enough proof has already been offered, let me show you some visual proof. Here is a quick scale model of the Earth, showing the max
altitude of the ISS above Earth and the max field of view of the Earth, from that altitude.
The ISS maintains an orbit with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km
The altitude in my drawing actually represents 450 km.
We can clearly see that it is simply physically impossible to view the entire Earth from this altitude........
We can also do some calculations.
The diameter of the cupola windows together is 2 meter.
The middle window is 80 cm across. Going by these dimensions we can determine that the camera is about 2m from the windows in these pics.
Using Pythagoras we can calculate the angle of the max field of view. This would be an angle of about 53 degrees.
According to Metabunk's Earth Curve Calculator, the distance to the horizon from 450 km is 2625271 meter.
So using Pythagoras again we can calculate the amount of the Earth that would be visible from 450 km with that field of view.
This would be 4698890 meter, or 4699 km.
In order to get the entire Earth this would have to be 12,742 km........
So there you have it.
100% fake pic of Earth from ISS, produced by NASA.
If anyone has a problem with the values I used for my calculations go ahead and do your own calculation, it will never add up with this view, but I
already proved that without the calculations.
edit on 25-3-2017 by WaxingGibbons because: (no reason given)