Madrid Spain
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Madrid, Spain

January 18, 2006
This is a Landsat thematic mapper image of Madrid, Spain, in 2004.

The image clearly shows the substantial growth the city has undergone in recent times, especially in its Eastern and Northeastern parts. The Barajas International Airport and the IFEMA trade fair grounds at the Campo de Las Naciones are visible as the bright areas on the left side of the image. The airport is situated fifteen kilometers from the city center. A major European hub; it was finished in 1928 and has grown to be one of the most important aviation centers of any Hispanic country. Just to the left of the Airport is the Chamartín district, a residential area running from North of the Bernabéu soccer stadium to the Chamartín train station.

At present, modern Madrid is home to over three million people. It is a cosmopolitan European city which plays host to the headquarters for Public Administration, the Spanish Parliament and the Spanish Royal Family. In its attempts to establish itself as a leading southern European city and as the most important link between the European Union and Latin America, the city is still in the midst of transformation. The population of the city of Madrid was 3,093,000 and the population of the metropolitan area (urban area plus satellite towns) was 5,603,000 as of 2003 estimates.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 25-Aug-2004
  • Center coordinates: lat. 40.42, lon. -3.68

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