Traveling is much more than just checking off a list of new places to see. It is about discovering unknown venues, various cultures and different points of view. Jules Verne, with his publication of “Around the World in 80 Days”, disclosed to the restless minds of its readers the passionate world of travel, showing exotic places for the inexperienced eyes. Since then, the way we travel has dramatically changed. Just to give an example, when the character Phileas Fogg wagered he could circumnavigate the world in 80 days, only a new railway across India made the challenge feasible. Today, 144 years later, we can reach most places in the world within just a few hours.
But it’s not only travel that technology has revolutionized. The way we capture reality has also gone under great transformation, allowing us to picture our whole planet from space.
To celebrate the anniversary when Fogg finished his trip around the world in 80 days, Deimos Imaging has released 8 images captured from space showing some of the key places the character traveled through. These images, acquired by one of its satellites, DEIMOS-2, aim to encourage everyone to awake their curiosity and discover new places.
Phileas Fogg’s challenge
Verne’s story begins at the Reform Club in London, where Phileas Fogg got involved in a discussion over an article published in The Daily Telegraph, on October 2nd, 1872. The Victorian traveler argued that it was possible to travel around the world in 80 days and he ended up accepting a bet for £20,000 to complete such a journey within that time frame. Therefore, on that same day, Fogg and his newly employed Passepartout departed from Charing Cross railway station in London. They went literally around the whole world, accomplishing great feats and stopping in places such as Suez, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco and New York, just to return on December 21st, exactly on time to win the bet.
These images were captured by satellite DEIMOS-2, launched in 2014 and designed for cost-effective, dependable very-high- resolution Earth Observation applications. Providing 75cm/pixel pan-sharpened images, this is the highest-resolution fully private satellite in Europe, and one of the very few privately owned submetric satellites in the world.