Resolution of a satellite as seen from the ground

From: Tom Wagner (
Date: Fri Dec 29 2000 - 21:48:45 PST

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    To the group:
    I have not been into satellite observing for a long time so what seems new
    to me is probably old hat or at least common sense to many others. My (new)
    thought is this: I have been impressed with the detail that has been
    recorded in the pictures of the ISS and other orbiting hardware as seen from
    below. However, I recently thought about the fact that taking a picture from
    the ground looking up shouldn't be any different than taking a picture from
    orbit looking down. If satellites can resolve things smaller than a meter
    across then with good optical equipment, we should be able to do the same
    when looking at the satellite.
    Is this sound reasoning?
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