Passing aliens may experience whiplash

The Unofficial Google Weblog points toward the Maxim USA homepage, which details an image of Eva Longoria visible from space. If you open up this Google Earth file, you’ll zoom down onto a 22m x 32m1 wire-mesh magazine cover created in the Las Vegas desert:

Maxim Cover in Google Earth

I wonder whether they could see it from the International Space Station.

Update: It seems that although the image is actually there, Google’s satellites haven’t got updated imagery of the area, so the Google Earth link just overlays an image on top. I suppose this is the same effect, but it feels like cheating.

  1. GE’s measure tool comes in very handy in this case, although temptation to measure other dimensions should be resisted []