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NASA-Derived Technology Captures Unique Inaugural Image
01.28.09
 
Panoramic image of President Obama's inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2009.

Panoramic image of President Obama's inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2009. Image Credit: David Bergman
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NASA spinoff technology from the Mars exploration rovers was used to capture a unique panoramic image of President Obama's inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20.

A photographer at the inauguration, David Bergman, used the Gigapan camera system to generate an image from a press platform. The resulting picture is a combination of 220 images with an overall size of 1,474 megapixels.

The Gigapan system is a NASA spinoff technology that can capture thousands of digital images and weave them into a uniform high-resolution picture of more than a billion pixels. The technology is the product of a two-year collaboration between NASA and Carnegie Mellon. The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have used the Gigapan system to explore the Red Planet for more than five years.

To read a 2008 Spinoff story about the Gigapan technology, visit:

http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/Spinoff2008/ch_2.html


To see the inaugural image, visit:

http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=15374
 
 


Contact:
Sonja Alexander, Headquarters, Washington
sonja.r.alexander@nasa.gov