See the face of Europe from space – with the entire continent covered in consistent detail. This set of true-colour Envisat satellite mosaics depicts the ten newest members of the European Union as well as ESAs 15 current member states and two pending accessions of Greece and Luxembourg.
The crowning mosaic in the series represents approximately 1.6 million square kilometres of European territory at 300-metre resolution. All the mosaics were produced using the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on ESAs Envisat environmental satellite, working in full resolution mode. The Innsbruck-based company GeoVille produced the mosaics for ESA. They are made up of around 160 separate MERIS images.
"Most of the images are taken in the time period between May to August 2003, and we started to order images around December of that year," explains Frederic Petrini of Geoville. "We finished the first part of the project eight months later, and it took us another two months to finish the all-Europe mosaic."
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