Canon’s New Website Will Let You Take Pictures of Earth From Space
The photography company is making space a little more accessible this year.
In January, the company unveiled its new website that allows photographers to capture images of the earth using its satellite, the CE-SAT-1, which it launched into space in 2017, according to Hypebeast.
"2020 was a year filled with limits. We were all faced with looking at our daily lives and figuring out the best paths to complete our professional work and responsibilities to our families," Kazuto Ogawa, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc, shared in a statement. "As we catapult into 2021, we are presented with a unique opportunity to redefine our limits."
As HypeBeast explained, Canon's satellite carries a PowerShot S110 and an EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with a 40cm Cassegrain-type 3720mm telescope. It currently flies around the earth at 375 miles per hour and can snap images with a resolution inside a 3×2 mile frame.
The best part? The entire website experience is narrated by astronaut Marsha Ivins.
"By making high-resolution space imaging more accessible, we can develop a more holistic view of our planet," Ivins says in the introduction to the website. "And make better decisions to create a brighter future for everyone on it."
The satellite, the website explains, is also helping to track ocean pollution, detect wildfires, and even track cars to help with traffic management worldwide.
"It's not just redefining how we see our planet — it's helping improve it, too," the website says.
Ready to see the world in a new way? Head over to Canon's website, where you can learn more about the satellite, hear from astronauts about their experiences in space, and even snap a few of your own images from miles and miles above the earth. While snapping images, the service will even share which camera was used and the exact coordinates to your image, so maybe you can plan a trip to see it in person from the ground one day.
Stacey Leasca is a journalist, photographer, and media professor. Send tips and follow her on Instagram now.