Insanely giant gigapixel panoramas are old hat by now. Pretty much any bigger city has already been photographed in this manner. In order to impress the common beholder, one needs to exceed the performance of other teams by far, and what arises more readily than shooting a 9600 times 190km big stripe on earth from outer space?
Admittedly, the panorama consists of “only” 56 pictures, but stretches from Russia to South Africa. At a height of 700km, the landsat-satellite (Landsat Data Continuity Mission) covers this huge distance in only 20 minutes at a speed of 27.000km/h in order to shoot the photos. Those of you hungry for more can also watch the video of the “fly-over” or learn more on the entire mission on NASA’s Earth-Observatory page. Enjoy 🙂