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Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

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European night lights. The U.S. Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite provided this image in the visible range at night. Note the lights in Italy and the natural gas burn-off in Algeria (bottom left). Defense Meteorological Satellites provide day and night imagery in both visible and infrared wavelengths.
Courtesy of National Snow and Ice Data Center

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City lights. Major U.S. cities are highlighted in this night view taken by the Defense Meteorological Satellite.
Courtesy of National Snow and Ice Data Center

Space Shuttle

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Hand-held camera photo of sand dunes in Algeria from the second Space Shuttle mission.
NASA Photograph

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Space Shuttle view of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
NASA Photograph

Large Format Camera

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Flown on the Space Shuttle in October 1984, the 1000-pound Large Format Camera provided more than 2000 black-and-white, color, and infrared photographs of the Earth's surface. From an altitude of 240 kilometers (about 150 miles) a single Large Format frame will cover more than 60,000 square kilometers (23,400 square miles) with enough resolution to distinguish buildings and roads.
Full scale model on display in the Museum courtesy of Itek Corporation

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Encounter Bay, on the south coast of Australia is shown on this false color full frame image from the Large Format Camera.
Courtesy of NSSDC, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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A small portion of a Large Format Camera scene was enlarged to show this view of the city of Venice (top left) and the mouth of the Po River.
Courtesy of NSSDC, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Spacelab Metric Camera

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Metric Camera view of the east coast of Africa. The Metric Camera was part of the European Space Agency's Spacelab experiment which flew on the ninth Space Shuttle mission. A modified version of a Zeiss aerial survey camera, it was used to acquire about 1000 black and white and color infrared photographs with a ground resolution of about 20 meters (66 feet).
European Space Agency Photograph, courtesy of DLR

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Western China as viewed by the Spacelab Metric camera.
European Space Agency Photograph, courtesy of DLR



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