(Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Snyder (at Sierra Remote Observatories)
The Moon's orbit is decaying, it decreases every year, so half a million years ago, we wouldn't have had total eclipses and in a few hundred thousand years, we'll have more.
As for the "design" of the Earth, we can only live on 10% of its surface... some design
Read some actual science books and not just that Bronze Age one, written by wondering goat herders
The closer to the Sun the better.
The foundation of my suggestion is that the closer to the Sun the wider the angle of inclination of view that can be achieved.
Using multiple micro satellites allows for the differences in rotation and allows for a certain amount of overlap.
Additionally, any attrition in quality or the number of active units could be slowly replaced without total loss in data input.
(CreditESP_034922_1385, NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona)
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