To celebrate the beginning of orbital operations for Worldview-4, DigitalGlobe has released this incredible photograph of the satellite launching into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base taken from space.
An Atlas V rocket is seen just above Space Launch Complex 3E, having lifted off the pad moments earlier. Many of the complex’s structures can be seen, including outlying support facilities. The launch mount is seen below the rocket’s flame with the Fixed Umbilical Tower immediately to its right. The 239-foot Vertical Integration Facility is seen surrounded by three exhaust plumes coming out of the complex’s exhaust ducts.
Launched in 2009, WorldView-2 has a color resolution of six feet, while the WorldView-4 satellite has a color resolution of four feet and a black and white resolution of one foot.
DIgitalGlobe also released an image of Subi Reef in the South China Sea to show off the new satellite’s abilities.
Key Monastery - Himachal Pradesh, India
Kye Gompa (also spelled Ki, Key or Kee - pronounced like English key) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India.
It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.
(via Google＋: loving photography)