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Giant camera in space: DigitalGlobe's WorldView-4 satellite and imagery

Launched at the end of 2016, DigitalGlobe's WorldView-4 satellite provides the highest resolution images allowed.

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Geoffrey Morrison
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4 to go

Here's how the WorldView-4 satellite looked on the ground and during launch, along with a selection of DigitalGlobe's imagery of our incredible planet.

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Delicate payload

The WorldView-4 getting a close inspection.

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Loading

The loaded payload fairing getting moved for its placement on top of an Atlas V rocket.

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Atlas V

The loaded Atlas V ready to launch at Vandenberg AFB.

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Service tower

The Mobile Service Tower, Atlas V and the various buildings and equipment of the launch complex.

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Liftoff!

Next stop: space.

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Selfie

A rendering of the the WorldView-4 in orbit.

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The Googles

Up next are some samples of the satellite images from DigitalGlobe's satellites.

To start, here's Google's Googleplex headquarters.

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Top of the world

Alert, Canada, the northernmost permanently-inhabited place on Earth.

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Barrow

Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost American city.

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Cubbies

The victory rally 108 years in the making, and one of the largest gatherings in history.

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Southern harbor

Deception Island in Antarctica.

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The last Jedi

Skellig Michael, off the coast of Ireland, used in the last scene of "The Force Awakens."

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Remote

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, one of the most remote villages in the world.

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Closest to space

La Rinconada in Peru, the highest permanent settlement on Earth at 16,732 foot (5,100 meters).

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McMurdo

McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

For more eye-popping satellite images, check out DigitalGlobe's Instagram account.

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