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Guelb er Richat, Mauritania

Radar imagery from the TanDEM-X mission was used to produce this view of the Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of Africa and Guelb er Richat.

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An unlikely corner of New York

On 26 August, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured a natural-colour view of Jamaica Bay. The image was acquired at 11:39 a.m. Eastern Time, just before the low tide.

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Nordenskiold Glacier, Greenland

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the jagged islands along the west coast of Greenland in this false-colour image captured on 08 August 2017.

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Mangareva, French Polynesia

The KazEOSat-1 satellite acquired this view of Mangareva in 2016. One of the Gambier Islands, Mangareva is the largest island in French Polynesia.

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Hurricane Irma turns Caribbean Islands brown

Hurricane Irma churned across the Atlantic Ocean in September 2017, battering several Caribbean islands before moving on to the Florida Keys and the U.S. mainland. As the clouds cleared over places like the Virgin Islands, the destruction became obvious even from space.

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Petermann Glacier, Greenland

The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over the Petermann Glacier in northwest Greenland in this false-colour image captured on 16 August 2017.

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Potash mine near Moab, Utah

The SPOT-7 satellite acquired this view of a potash mine near Moab, Utah, in the USA in 2016. This mine contains the potassium-containing salt called "Potash", which is widely used by farmers in fertilisers.

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Hurricane Harvey

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite saw the temperature at the top of Hurricane Harvey on 25 August 2017 at 04:06 GMT as the storm approached the US state of Texas.

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Record-breaking smoke over Canada

The intense fires and persistent southerly winds have wafted extraordinary amounts of smoke north over Canada's Northwest Territories and Yukon and Nunavut provinces.

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Antarctica's Larsen C Iceberg

This TerraSAR-X image shows Antarctica's Larsen C iceberg on 22 July 2017. On 12 July, the detachment of this gigantic section of the Larsen C ice shelf, astonished the world and motivated scientists to carry out further experiments to investigate the stability of the ice-sheet.

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Bingham Canyon Mine

The Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest excavation in the world, producing more copper than any other mine; along with gold, silver, and molybdenum.

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Crater Lake

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station shot this photograph of Crater Lake, in the Cascade Mountains of southwest Oregon.

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Las Vegas Strip, USA

The TerraSAR-X satellite acquired this view of the Las Vegas Strip in 2016. The strip is a stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada and is spread across 6.8 kilometres in the south of Las Vegas city between the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester.

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Pilanesberg, South Africa

The circular structure dominating this Sentinel-2 image is Pilanesberg, the result of geological activity over more than a billion years.

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Earthstone fire

The Earthstone fire started near Sparks, Nevada on the afternoon of 03 July.

Planet's dense constellation of satellites captured the area before the fire started on 02 July, as well spotting the growing burn scar and rising smoke on 04 and 05 July.

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South Patagonian Icefield

Often shrouded in clouds and mist, the entirety of the South Patagonian Icefield is rarely visible from space. This mosaic combines cloud-free images acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on 29 April, 01 and 24 May, 2016.

Patagonia is one of the windiest and wettest regions on Earth. Westerlies gain moisture and momentum as they cross the Pacific Ocean. When they reach South America, they ride up and over the Andes, through fjords, and across two icefields.

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France

Sentinel-3 gives us a nearly cloud-free view of France and the surrounding countries.

Just above the centre we can see Paris – the site of ESA's headquarters as well as the Paris Air & Space Show taking place this week.

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Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos Islands

SPOT-6 acquired this view of Wolf Volcano in the Galapagos Islands in February 2016. This volcano, the highest in the archipelago, sits on the northern end of Isabela Island.

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Turquoise swirls in the Black Sea

Most summers, jewel-toned hues appear in the Black Sea. The turquoise swirls are not the brushstrokes of a painting; they indicate the presence of phytoplankton, which trace the flow of water currents and eddies.

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Guitar Forest

The Pleiades satellite acquired this view of the Guitar Forest in Argentina in February 2016. A local farmer, Pedro Martin Ureta, planted 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees in the shape of a guitar as a tribute to his late wife Graciela Yraizoz.

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