Tents In The Desert

November 9th, 2011 by in Images

Burning Man 2011, as photographed by the TerraSAR-X radar satellite:

Viewed from above, the US ‘Burning Man’ festival resembles a spider web. The structure laid out on the site for this festival looks very much like a small town. In October and September 2011, the TerraSAR-X radar satellite, operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), acquired some impressive images of the festival and its setup process.

Seen from space, the plots in the campsite, intersected by roads and footpaths, can be discerned particularly well. DLR researchers are observing planet Earth with the radar satellite TerraSAR-X. “One of the unique capabilities of TerraSAR-X is to reveal changes on the Earth’s surface that occur over an extended period of time,” explains Mission Manager Stefan Buckreuß from the DLR Microwaves and Radar Institute. From these images it is possible to identify how ‘Tent City’ arose in a semicircle around its central point.

Via | Previously: Burning Man 2010: The Smoke’s Perspective