The Swiss Plateau by Night
Orbit 37229, Frame 0936, 3 June 2002 21:40 GMT
ERS passed over this area in central Europe twice the same day,
the 3rd June 2002, once at 12:40 local time on a
descending orbit, heading south-southwest, and once again in the
night, at 21:40, travelling north-northwest.
The image shows the Three Lakes area of the Swiss Plateau:
the Lake of Neuchâtel (the largest), the Lake of Bienne and Lake of Murten, the smallest,
all named after the main towns on their shores.
The radar always looks to the right along its track, thus pointing
towards west in the late morning and towards east on the
night pass. This nighttime pass was rotated 26 degrees so that
it can be readily compared with the same area imaged during a
Click on the thumbnail image to see details of this
widely varied landscape, the towns of Bienne, Murten,
Yverdon, and Neuchâtel, the structures built for
the Sixth Swiss National Exhibition,
as well as explanations on
the differences between a nighttime and a daytime radar pass.
A very high resolution image, 1126 x 1141 pixels, 540577 bytes, is also available.
Keywords: ESA European
Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne,
observation de la terre, earth observation,
satellite remote sensing,
teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar,
chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar,