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Flat Earth Q&A / Polar Orbital Satellites - explain the mechanism
« on: September 22, 2016, 10:49:56 AM »
There are a couple of satellite threads floating around already, but I wanted to know how the FE community explains how one particular type can possibly work. I am going to write the thread on the assumption that Earth is a spinning sphere, because it is.

I'm specifically going to post an example from 1970 because I own original volumes of the images from a particular satellite from that year. The photos are from that volume, not modern digital renderings, just so we can avoid pointless accusations of photoshoppery.

NIMBUS 4 (and many others like it) orbited over the poles so that on its way down (N-S) it photographed a strip of daylight Earth, then on its way back up (S-N) it used an infra-red camera to image a strip of the night side. On its next orbit the Earth has moved round sufficiently far for it to image the next strip of land. The times that each pass started and ended are recorded in each volume published. Over 24 hours it would get complete coverage of the Earth's surface.

This report is one of the volumes I own and details how the satellite worked and the passes it used

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19730014083.pdf

Here are the examples of a daytime pass:



and night time pass:



If you want to download digital versions of the images, they can be found through here:

http://nsidc.org/data/nmidcs1h/

Your challenge, flat earthers, is to explain how a satellite orbiting via the poles can capture the data as shown. What paths would it have to follow? How would it do that? How much fuel would it need? What laws of physics would it have to violate to achieve the images?

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