German satellite takes its first high-resolution color photos of Earth

The satellite of the German Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMap) transmitted its first multi-color

High resolution images of the Earth. It can use more than 250 colors to provide accurate data on water, vegetation and soil over large areas from space.

Artist's impression of EnMap. 
Source: OHB System AG, GFZ

EnMap spent almost a month in space andphotographed a strip approximately 30 km wide and 180 km long over Istanbul, Turkey. The photographs show the Bosphorus Strait, which is considered the continental border between the European and Asian sides of the country.

The EnMap satellite uses a very sophisticateda hyperspectral instrument that is currently calibrating the DLR. The first images are the result of this process. Once the calibration is complete, the satellite will be fully operational. It will begin collecting data that will show the effects of climate change from space.

EnMap is a modern tool for collectingdata that will help scientists around the world document the effects of climate change. “The first EnMAP data demonstrated what the German environmental satellite is capable of,” said Sebastian Fischer, EnMAP project manager at the German Space Agency at DLR. “But these first images are already give us a very good idea of ​​what researchers around the world can expect. They show that EnMAP can make a major contribution to identifying the impacts of climate change and counteracting ongoing environmental destruction.”

The satellite reached its Earth-orbiting target on April 9, eight days after it was launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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