After 16 years orbiting Earth and taking pictures of its surface, ERS-2, the successor to ESA’s original European Remote-Sensing Satellite, was decommissioned and removed from its operational orbit on 5 July 2011.
This summer, the satellite ERS-2 took one last image over the Antilles Islands in the Caribbean before it shut down for ever.
ERS-2 was launched in 1995 with a mission to observe land, ocean, atmosphere and polar regions using its variety of remote-sensing instruments. The data collected from the satellite represented a major asset for the Earth observation community.
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