Satellite sees world's largest human gathering from space
SPACE IMAGING NEWS RELEASE
Posted: January 26, 2001
The Ikonos image, which was collected the day before the most sacred and busiest bathing day on January 24, is available for free to the media. A "before" image shows the area prior to the event.
The one-meter resolution image of the Maha Kumbh Mela was collected by Space Imaging's Ikonos satellite, which travels four miles per-second in an orbit 423 miles above Earth. The spectacular image is the first high-resolution satellite image ever taken of such an event. The image shows the sacred site at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers where millions of Hindu worshippers bathe to wash away their sins and hasten the Hindu people's progress toward nirvana.
Space Imaging is a leading supplier of visual information products derived from space imagery and aerial photography. The company launched the world's first and only one-meter resolution, commercial Earth imaging satellite, Ikonos, on September. 24, 1999. Other CARTERRA products are produced from the Indian Remote Sensing satellites, the U.S. Landsat, Canada's RADARSAT and the European Space Agency's ERS satellites. Space Imaging also delivers aerial-derived imagery products collected by its own Digital Airborne Imaging System (DAIS-1).