Satellites, photos, Earth, humans.



The WorldView-3 satellite, which launched on August 13, has sent back its first images.

The new satellite can see to a resolution of 31 centimeters. That means each pixel of the camera captures one square foot of land, which is sharp enough to see home plate at Yankee Stadium, to map crops by pattern and type, to identify the type and speed of cars and trucks, and measure population density, all from 383 miles above the Earth’s surface.

WV-3 isn’t the sharpest satellite ever–some military satellites have a resolution of 15 to 20 centimeters–but it does have the highest resolution of any commercial satellite in the world. (The previous record-holder, GeoEye-1, had a resolution of 46 centimeters.) (1)

Nice someone might say.

But also creepy, Heidegger would add.

This is what is disturbing with technology: The fact that it WORKS! (see his last interview at Spiegel)

See the Earth from a distance.

And you will see no humans.

We drift away from our home.

And we celebrate like brats…

PS. And no, I am not against space exploration. This is just a comment for how modern technology dehumanizes everything… (a small note for those who may read my post superficially)

Homer, satellites, optical illusions…


Amazon does not get greener in dry seasons, even though this is what the initial data from satellites showed. A correction made by scientists who analyzed the respective data revealed that it was all due to an optical illusion. (12)

In the beginning we had our own eyes and nothing more.

Then we developed satellites to “correct” our natural vision and enhance it in ways we did not think possible.

And now we are correcting the data from the “corrected” of the satellites.

Maybe we should go even further…
2,500 years ago…

At the era when the most exquisite images of the human soul were drawn by a blind man…