You may remember the amazing satellite image published by GeoEye in 2009 when Barack Obama was first sworn in as President of the United States (shown above). Sadly, if you were hoping for another orbital photo opportunity for Obama’s second inauguration yesterday, you’d be disappointed — cloud descended over the nation’s capital city, preventing a unique view over the day’s festivities.

According to CNET, satellite operators tried (and failed) to snap Capitol Hill with the GeoEye-1 and IKONOS satellites on two separate occasions. Thick clouds blocked the satellites’ view from their orbital perch 423 miles above the Earth. GeoEye had planned a special hi-res interactive map, showing the record-breaking crowds and recognizable city plan of Washington D.C.

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Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be, but at least we still have the 2009 inauguration satellite photo to enjoy… via CNET

Image: Satellite photo from the 2009 Presidential inauguration. Credit: GeoEye