This SPOT-7 image, acquired 03 July 2014, shows Paris, the capital city of France.
The image was one of the first to be acquired by the new SPOT-7 satellite, which is currently in its commissioning phase following the launch of the satellite on 30 June 2014. It is expected that the satellite will begin its commercial operations in the last quarter of the year.
Paris, as seen in this image, has long been an important location in France, and served as a capital for nations that predated modern France. It is famed for its art, music, literature and culture, having been home to many of history's talented personages, such as artist Pablo Picasso, and writers Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo.
It is also home to renowned architectural landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum. The city is the headquarters of many international organisations, one of which is the European Space Agency (ESA).
Paris is located in northern France, on the Seine River. The river can be seen winding it's way through this image and dozens of bridges cross the river in the city. The city has an estimated population of 2.2 million, which expands out to 12 million in the greater metropolitan area. This makes it the second largest city in terms of population within the European Union, exceeded only by London.
The city earned the nickname "City of Light" thanks to its cultural influence and its educational institutes. This nickname took on a new meaning when Paris became one of the first European cities to use gas street lighting in the early 19th Century.
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Credit: Airbus Defence and Space / Spot Image 2014