Pictures of Earth seen from space increase our awareness of the precious nature of our common home. Today, images of our planet from space have become indispensable scientific tools to enable us to better understand and manage our Earth and its environment.
Launched in 2002, ESA’s Envisat is one of the largest Earth observation satellites ever built and carries sophisticated instruments to monitoring of Earth’s land surface, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps. This image shows western France, taken by Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on 11 February 2008. France’s capital city Paris is the grey area in the upper right corner.
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