Satellite Imagery Shows Inauguration from Space

With 2 million people in Washington for President Obama's historic inauguration Tuesday, who had the best seat in the house?

Perhaps the most scenic vantage was from high in the air — really high.

GeoEye, provider of satellite and aerial photos, has unveiled exclusive images from the GeoEye-1 satellite free of charge on the corporation's Web site.

The GeoEye-1 produced color photos of the inaugural celebration from 423 miles above the National Mall during the swearing-in ceremony.

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The pictures were taken as the satellite traveled from north to south at about 17,000 mph — or four miles per second, according to GeoEye.

The 4,300-pound satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept. 6, 2008.

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