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Sea of the Viennese
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Sea of the Viennese

November 20, 2009
Lake Neusiedl, straddling the Austrian-Hungarian border, is featured in this satellite image, acquired by SPOT-4 on 9 October 2006. The largest steppe lake in Central Europe, Neusiedl covers an area around 315 sq km, with 240 sq km situated in Austria and 75 sq km in Hungary (bottom). The Leitha Mountain range, called 'Leithaberg' by locals, is visible in green northwest of the lake. The famous Danube River, one of Europe's main traffic arteries, is visible running across the top of the image. An aircraft condensation trail, or 'contrail', is visible in white stretching across the image center. A shadow of the contrail is visible along the top of the image.

SPOT-4 is supported by ESA as a 'Third Party Mission', which means ESA utilizes its multi-mission European ground infrastructure and expertise to acquire, process and distribute data from the satellite to its wide user community.