Clouds ruin GeoEye's satellite image of inauguration

Hoping to see a space shot of President Barack Obama's inauguration? Unfortunately, the weather ruined any opportunity at a good image, but astronauts snapped some relevant pictures to whet your whistle.

A nighttime shot of Washington, D.C. taken on January 19. Chris Hadfield

Aw, shucks: imaging company GeoEye could not capture a super high-resolution image of Obama's inauguration today from space.

Using its GeoEye-1 and IKONOS satellites positioned 423 miles above the Earth, the company tried and failed -- due to clouds -- on two separate attempts to capture the image of the inauguration, a GeoEye representative told CNET. GeoEye planned to release an interactive map of the ceremony with a built-in zoom and a slider that would have let the user compare this year's image to the one captured four years ago. Feel free to zoom around in the 2009 Inauguration image embedded below.

For those who just can't accept the bad news from GeoEye, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield snapped an image (seen above) of an illuminated Washington, D.C. several days before the inauguration. The day before the event, astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured a picture (seen below) of the greater National Mall area.

"This detailed view shows the Potomac River and its bridges at left, with National Mall at the center, stretching eastward from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument toward the Capitol building, where the inaugural ceremony will be held," NASA officials said in a statement.

In 2009, GeoEye released a satellite image of Obama's first Inauguration that clearly revealed the hundreds of thousands of people who attended the landmark event, which takes place on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

A view of Washington, D.C. from space, taken on January 20. NASA

 

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