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The Tallest Building In the World From the Highest Resolution Satellite Around the World

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The Burj Khalifa—which Tom Cruise likes so much—is complete, a needle of glass surrounded by turquoise water in the middle of the desert. Here's how the complex looks, photographed by GeoEye 1, the highest resolution imaging commercial satellite.

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GeoEye 1 is at an altitude of 684 kilometers over the surface of the Earth, and it's capable of capturing details of just 16 inches long in black and white, and 64 inches in color. That's probably myopic compared to the latest spy satellites, but good enough for the rest of us to go all ooh and aah in Google Maps. [New Scietist]

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