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Rich Gibson Rich Gibson
Explore score
1.00 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 30, 2008
Date taken
Oct 30, 2008

Gigapan with Canon S5IS


"So what is in those tanks?"

I asked two different people that question, and got the same response.


They were literally correct. To several significant decimal places these tanks contain nothing. This represents the majority of the nation's strategic vacuum reserve.

vacuum tanks at NASA - AMES.

Gigapan Comments (2)

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  1. Rich Gibson

    Rich Gibson (October 31, 2008, 01:40AM )

    That is a great article which dogshrink referenced - I learned a lot! Thank you

  2. Jeff Cushner

    Jeff Cushner (October 31, 2008, 12:53AM )

    Why would Ames store vaccuum? I love mysteries and this one was right up there! With a little Googling, I found out. It's a Hypersonic and Space-Oriented Wind Tunnel. Find out more at: history.nasa.gov/SP-440/ch6-15.htm  Will open in a new tab or window

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3509 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 1003 megapixels (49740 x 20177 pixels)
Input images: 231 (21 columns by 11 rows)
Field of view: 90.6 degrees wide by 36.8 degrees high (top=35.2, bottom=-1.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-10-30 12:57:09 - 2008-10-30 13:10:21
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.04
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 251.8 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 25.0 to 43.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 25.3 to 31.1 percent
Computer stats: 4096 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 2:17:00 (0:35 per picture)
Alignment: 10:47, Projection: 19:07, Blending: 1:47:06

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