Satellite photo of Costa Concordia shipwreck

 Wpf Media-Live Photos 000 472 Overrides Space179-Costa-Concordia-Cruise-Ship-Satellite 47255 600X450 From DigitalGlobe, this striking satellite image of the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio, Italy.


  1. It is difficult to parse this image. It looks like you could jump from the edge of the smokestack onto that isthmus to the left.

    The ship is so goddamned big that I want to see it as a huge vessel in the foreground, floating above the clouds, maybe on its way to an orbital space hotel.

    1. Every time I see it, and the harbour photos with the ship all crazy-angled behind reporters and other human-scale stuff, I think it’s a crashed spaceship.  Someone with mad remix skills needs to swap in a downed Enterprise or something…

    2. It’s so easy to forget how incredibly massive these ships are.  4,200 passengers, with luxury accomodations. 

  2. Jena Luc Goddard’s “Film Socialisme” was on our Netflix watch instantly que for a couple of weeks. We watched it tonight. The first third of the film takes place on a Mediterranean cruise ship. Goddard did a good job of contrasting the gawdy, Vegas-like interior of the ship with the cleaner wind and water swept outside decks.
    The ship makes a landing and as the passengers disembark the name of the ship is spelled in large letters along the gang plank. The name of the ship was the Costa Concordia. I think the film was made (or released in 2010).

    1. There’s a promo film for the ship floating around in some news stories that shows the interior.  It looks so cheesy.

      1. Man, I dont know what the rest of you are going to drink during this cruise, but I’m calling dibs on those 15 bottles

  3. The Costa Concordia is far from the largest ocean liner around these days. For example:
    ” Oasis of the Seas ” can carry over 6,000 passengers.

  4. That is a seriously fake-looking picture.

    I keep expecting to see Thunderbird 1 in the foreground somewhere

  5. From 6 years experience I know that Italians are terrible drivers. I did not know that also applies to ships.

  6. The Titanic, so named because it was one of the biggest ships of its day, sank 100 years ago this April. Modern cruise liners make ships like the Titanic look almost like a dinghy!

    And yes, the first thing I thought of when I heard the news about the Concordia was the Andrea Doria.

  7. My colleagues and I were discussing it yesterday. How do you remove this thing? Piece by piece? Manually climbing on top of it with removing bits with hand tools and welding equipment or are there other, bigger gadgets? What companies would take such a job, there must be huge risks involved for the staff. How long will it take?

    Anyone know?

  8. My first reaction was “What a lucky satellite, to finally get to see what the side of something looks like.”

    I wish I could blame recreational pharmaceuticals.

  9. For some reason this is making me think of the cruise ship from the Fifth Element.

    Anybody know where Korben Dallas was at the time of the collision?

  10. I’m not the first to say it, but it’s worth repeating:  If your fuckup can be see FROM SPACE, you win…

  11. That is no port, artificial or natural, right?  I suppose the ship did not move after running aground, right? What right has a ship that size and carrying passengers to be that close to the shoreline?

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