Chiefs followers might wish to look away.
Newly launched satellite imagery reveals Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the positioning of Tremendous Bowl LV. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received that sport decisively yesterday (Feb. 7), beating the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31-9.
Maxar Applied sciences’ GeoEye-1 satellite tv for pc snapped the picture yesterday at 11:39 a.m. EST (1639 GMT), about seven hours earlier than kickoff. So the stands had been empty and the sphere clear, permitting attractiveness on the NFL’s defend brand on the 50-yard line and the Chiefs and Buccaneers insignia within the two finish zones. (The seats weren’t all stuffed in the course of the sport, both; due to COVID protocols, the 66,000-seat stadium hosted simply 25,000 followers yesterday.)
GeoEye-1, which launched in September 2008, zooms round Earth at a median altitude of about 420 miles (675 kilometers). The four,310-lb. (1,955 kilograms) satellite tv for pc is able to resolving options on Earth’s floor as small as 16 inches (41 centimeters) wide.
Like many Earth-observation satellites, GeoEye-1 is in a sun-synchronous orbit — a path over Earth’s poles that enables views of the planet’s floor with constant photo voltaic illumination.
There was some area motion in the course of the sport yesterday — or throughout a lull in it, moderately. A primary-quarter industrial break featured a 30-second ad for an upcoming private spaceflight called Inspiration4, which is led by billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman. The advert invited the general public to enter two contests to win a seat on Inspiration4, which can launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule later this yr.
One other industrial, this time for Pringles, contemplated what would occur if the tasty chips distracted Mission Management from choosing up astronauts who simply returned from area.
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