Breathtaking image of UAE’s Ramadan moon captured

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The moon that marked the start of the holy month of Ramadan was captured by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) remote sensing satellite DubaiSat-2. 

The image was taken by rotating the satellite, an earth observation satellite, a manoeuvre that took weeks of planning and hours of painstaking alignment.

Taken with a roll tilt angle of 0 degree and roll pitch angle of 79.63 degrees, the final image was post-processed to highlight the crescent aspect of the moon.

DubaiSat-2 orbits Earth at a speed of 7.5 kilometres per second, completing each total orbit of the planet in 90 minutes.

Its camera images Earth from an altitude of some 600 kilometres at a resolution of 1 metre per pixel, providing world class images to a range of local and international clients.

MBRSC’s new satellite Khalifasat, which will launch in Q4 of 2018, will be able to image the moon, sun and stars routinely, thanks to its advanced positioning and pin-sharp alignment capabilities.

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