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The Costa Concordia Cruise Ship from Space: PHOTO


The commercial satellite mapping company Digital Globe trained its lenses on the waters near Giglio, Italy, where the Costa Concordia cruise ship lies half-submerged following its disaster last Friday night.

One more shot, at the full distance, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via gizmodo)


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  1. So sad for the families of the dead and missing. This should have never happened.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jan 18, 2012 11:17:10 AM

  2. Extraordinary photo. Thanks for posting.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jan 18, 2012 11:40:50 AM

  3. You'd think with all the money spent on advanced technology like this, they could keep a hair from getting on the lens.

    Posted by: endo | Jan 18, 2012 11:45:21 AM

  4. That is an oil containment boom, not a hair.

    Posted by: S.C. | Jan 18, 2012 1:02:14 PM

  5. This is a fake image in my view.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 18, 2012 1:28:49 PM

  6. ^Why would they fake this?

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 18, 2012 2:41:18 PM

  7. The ship is not proportional to the land area. Compare the ship to what appears to be a building on the left side of the picture and up a bit.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 18, 2012 5:01:14 PM

  8. I thought that it looked to be photoshopped as well.

    Posted by: GTMSJ | Jan 18, 2012 11:05:25 PM

  9. Again, why would they fake it? What do they have to gain? It is a very large ship along a very jagged and rocky coastline. I have used Digital Globe for some of my work, they are a very reputable company. It's not like they are trying to fake an Iranian nuclear lab that we might want to blow up.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 19, 2012 12:22:47 AM

  10. I don't understand why the ship looks like its ten times the size of the land mass next to it. That's not a tiny outcrop; it's a large island onto which thousands of survivors fled.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 19, 2012 1:24:29 PM

  11. Huffington Post at least has the same photo.

    For the photo doubters, remember that the ship carries over FOUR THOUSAND people and is 951 feet long and has 13 passenger decks (that's STORIES in building terms) not including the crew/machine areal below that. It's a monster-sized ship.

    What amazes me is that the "captain" says he "turned too late" - HUH? if he'd turned sooner it looks like he'd run over the island directly!

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 19, 2012 10:14:44 PM

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