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From a geostationary orbit 36,000km above the equator, Russian meteorological satellite Elektro-L takes high-resolution images of Earth every 30 minutes. But only twice a year, during an Equinox, can it capture an entire hemisphere bathed in sunlight. At an Equinox, the Earth’s axis of rotation is not tilted toward or away from the Sun, so the solar illumination can extend to both the planet’s poles. For a moment on September 22nd, the Sun was behind the geostationary satellite and a telltale glint of reflected sunlight is seen crossing the equator.
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Space Shuttle Discovery, with visible “Teardrop”

Led Zeppelin, why are they the best?

  • Why are they the greatest band in the world?
  • 1. Zeppelin was intended to be a supergroup from the start.
  • 2. Their groundbreaking recording contract, its amazing stipulations, and the fact they were signed without anyone seeing them play live.
  • 3. They refused to release singles, thus ESTABLISHING “Album-Oriented Rock.”
  • 4. Their first album was recorded in nine days after the band’s lineup had been together for one month.
  • 5. Jimmy Page produced every Zeppelin record himself, and made sure he had a new engineer on every new album so no one else could possibly take credit for their sound.
  • 6. The Reverse Echo.
  • 7. They only did one television appearance in their history as a band.
  • 8. The Legend of ZOSO.
  • 9. The subsequent legend of “Stairway to Heaven.”
  • 10. Creating and breaking arena rock records.
  • 11. The Riot House.
  • 12. They had a custom private plane by 1973.
  • 13. When Physical Graffiti was released in 1975, all of their previous records re-entered the Billboard Hot 200 chart.
  • 14. Jimmy Page is one of the greatest guitar players in the world.
  • 15. John Paul Jones is SO much more than a bass player.
  • 16. John Bonham is a beast. Period.
  • 17. Beneath his total godliness and perfection, Robert Plant is a Tolkien-loving nerd.
  • 18. They’re not just rock royalty. Page and Plant are actual royalty now.
  • 19. They got the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
  • 20. All of these achievements are based on a body of work that started and ended in only 12 YEARS.


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