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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

Blue marble looking good from height of 36,000km

Artist's impression of Envisat. Credit:ESA

Russia’s ELECTRO-L weather satellite has used its 121-megapixel sensors to send home the highest-resolution set of space pics yet.

Even NASA admits it can't match the Russian bird for sheer mega-pixelage, which is yours to peruse thanks to an animated GIF proivded by the Russian Federal Space Agency. The original is a little too large to fit within the slim environs of a Reg story, but you can find it here if it takes your fancy.

ELECTRO-L went aloft in early 2011 and snaps Earth every 30 minutes or so, and the Agency will happily sell you snaps from the bird. Each image packs a kilometre of Terran surface into each pixel.

Images are for sale and there’s even an FTP site at if you want to peruse the satellite’s output. Anonymous login works, but the Agency generously offers “electro” as both username and password if you want to rummage about.

If that sounds a bit tedious, there’s also the YouTube montage below which shows off more of the wonderful images from the satellite.

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