Sanity … as seen from space


This half-meter resolution satellite image focuses on the far eastern end of Washington’s National Mall. The Oct. 30 image shows the crowd of people who gathered for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” that day. The image was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite as it moved from north to south over the Eastern Seaboard at a speed of 4 miles per second. The building at the top of the image is the National Gallery of Art, with the East Gallery to the right.

Has sanity been restored? Tens of thousands of people came out to Washington’s National Mall on Oct. 30 for the “Rally to Restore Sanity,” a mash-up of politics, humor and music put together by Comedy Central cable-TV hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Comedy Central’s park permit anticipated that 60,000 spectators would show up, while Colbert estimated the attendance at 6 billion. This satellite picture of the mall, captured by the GeoEye-1 satellite during the rally, gives you an astronaut’s-eye view of the crowd from 423 miles up. Maybe those are 6 billion ants …

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