September 29, 2022

On This Day In Space: Aug. 13, 2014: WorldView-3 Earth-observing satellite launches into orbit

On This Day In Space: Aug. 13, 2014: WorldView-3 Earth-observing satellite launches into orbit
On This Day In Space: Aug. 13, 2014: WorldView-3 Earth-observing satellite launches into orbitOn This Day In Space: Aug. 13, 2014: WorldView-3 Earth-observing satellite launches into orbit

On Aug. 13, 2014, a company called DigitalGlobe launched WorldView-3, what was then the sharpest-eyed satellite of all time. 

WorldView-3 is a high-resolution imaging satellite that can resolve features as small as 1 foot (31 centimeters) across. 

DigitalGlobe's powerful WorldView-3 Earth-imaging satellite blasts off on Aug. 13, 2014.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 12, 2005. (Image credit: United Launch Alliance)

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 Its instruments allow it to peer through fog and smoke to see Earth’s surface at a level of detail that was unprecedented for a nongovernmental spacecraft. 

WorldView-3 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and has been orbiting the Earth ever since. 

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.