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First HD Image of the Earth from 236,000 Miles Away

If you ever wondered what our planet looked like in hi-def from a quarter of a million miles away, now you know. Thanks to an HDTV camera with 1920 x 1080 resolution onboard the lunar explorer Kaguya (but you can call her Serene), images of the Earth rising and setting on November 7 were beamed back to JAXA's Usuda space station (JAXA is Japan's space agency). The southern hemisphere is toppermost, so that is an upside-down Australia you can see, but that's just normal for those of us who are British. Oh, and we know that 286 lines of Flash vid doesn't constitute "HD," but this is the best we can deliver. (There's no sound on the vid, either, but that's because it's in space.) [Jaxa]

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@beneditor:

Yeah, I'm slightly miffed by that, too. What's the use of touting HD when they only make available something that's only slightly better than SD?

Then again, with somebody like NHK (kinda like BBC) behind the HD technology, I can understand why: they want to keep the HD content exclusive to their TV shows. Still miffed to think that it's my tax Yen that went into the spacecraft :p