This striking, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was captured by Planet SkySat...
This striking, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was captured by Planet SkySat - a fleet of satellites that have just joined ESA's Third Party Mission Programme in April 2022.
The Arc de Triomphe, or in full Arc de Triomphe de l'Ã‰toile, is an iconic symbol of France and one of the world's best-known commemorative monuments.
The arch stands at the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, the meeting point of 12 grand avenues which form a star, which is why it is also referred to as the Arch of Triumph of the Star.
The Arc de Triomphe's location at the Place Charles de Gaulle places it at the heart of the capital and the western terminus of the Avenue des Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es.
This image, captured on 9 April 2022, was provided by Planet SkySat - a fleet of 21 very high-resolution satellites capable of collecting images multiple times during the day.
SkySat's satellite imagery, with 50 cm spatial resolution, is high enough to focus on areas of great interest, identifying objects such as vehicles and shipping containers.
SkySat data, along with PlanetScope, serve numerous commercial and governmental applications.
These data are now available through ESA's Third Party Mission programme - enabling researchers, scientists and companies from around the world the ability to access Planet's high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use.
"Peggy Fischer, Mission Manager for ESA's Third Party Missions, commented,"We are very pleased to welcome PlanetScope and SkySat to ESA's Third Party Missions portfolio and to begin the distribution of the Planet data through the ESA Earthnet Programme.
The image is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme.