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Shadows on ice: Proba-1 images Concordia south polar base

12 December 2012

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ESA's Earth-observing microsatellite Proba-1 has glimpsed one of the loneliest places on Earth - Concordia research base in the heart of Antarctica.

This image was acquired by the High-Resolution Camera, the smallest imager on ESA's smallest satellite. This black and white digital camera incorporates a miniaturised telescope to fit in Proba-1, whose overall volume is less than a cubic metre.

Long shadows cast by the low Sun pick out details of the base's layout in this 5 m-resolution image.

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