Thursday, January 22, 2009

Satellite image of Obama inauguration crowd released

The commercial GeoEye satellite caught an awesome shot of Obama's record-breaking inauguration day crowd. Pound360 originally came across these pics at Scientific American.

Officials estimate the crowd was between 1.5 and 2 million people, breaking the record set at Lyndon Johnson's inauguration of 1.5 million in 1965. Obama's crowd smashed the crowd Bush had at his 2005 ceremony. Just 500,000 people showed up back then.

The crowd streteched back about 2 miles to the Lincoln Memorial where they watched the ceremony on jumbotrons...

(Image courtesy GeoEye)

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