Our view from the ground is a myopically thin slice of reality.
To bring those views closer to home, a group of architects, urban planners, mapmakers, and scientists formed My Orbiter.
The company curates, prints, and sells more than 100 of the best satellite images available as huge, ultra-high-resolution photo prints.
“We believe that education and science can make our planet a better place and that by giving people a way to bring this new perspective into their homes, we empower and remind people of who we are and the impact we have on our world,” Owen de Lancie, one of the company’s founders, told Business Insider in an email.
Here are a few of My Orbiter’s favorite images, all of which were taken by DigitalGlobe — a company that operates multiple Earth-observing space satellites — and Landsat-8, a spacecraft run by NASA and the USGS.
Grand Canal — Venice, Italy
More than 170 buildings line the banks of Italy’s most famous canal, many of them built between the 13th and 18th centuries.
“Venice has sunk 9 inches in the last century and currently floods about 100 times a year — a phenomenon called the acqua alta,” de Lancie said. “Now, after much research, underwater ‘mobile’ gates are being built on the floor of the sea where the open sea enters Venice’s lagoon. When the seawater rises above a certain level, air will be pumped into the gates, causing them to Read More Here