English Channel
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English Channel

January 19, 2006
This Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) image is centered over the Strait of Dover, separating England from France and the European continent, and connecting the English Channel and Atlantic Ocean with the North Sea. The strait of 34 km wide is one of the busiest maritime routes in the world. Numerous ships are seen in the image crossing the English Channel (as bright specks). Paris, the capital city of France, is shown as a large bright area in the bottom of the image. The Seine River flowing through the city and the Charles de Gaulle (north) and Orly International (south) Airports can be identified. London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, is seen in the top part of the image with the Thames River flowing through it. Heathrow Airport is visible in the west part of the city.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: ASAR
  • Acquisition: 22-Nov-2003
  • Orbit nr: 09044
  • Center coordinates: lat. 51.28, lon. 0.18

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