June 9, 2023

Exploring Earth From Space: Arc de Triomphe, Paris in High Resolution

This striking, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was caught on April 9, 2022, by Planet SkySat– a fleet of satellites that have actually just signed up with ESAs Third Party Mission Program. Credit: Planet SkySat
This amazing, high-resolution image of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, was caught by Planet SkySat– a fleet of satellites that have actually simply signed up with ESAs Third Party Mission Program in April 2022.
The Arc de Triomphe, or completely Arc de Triomphe de lÉtoile, is one of the worlds best-known celebratory monuments and an iconic symbol of France. The triumphal arch was commissioned by Napoleon I in 1806 to celebrate the military accomplishments of the French armies. Building of the arch began the following year, on( Napoleons birthday (August 15).
The arch stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, the meeting point of 12 grand avenues which form a star (or étoile), which is why it is also described as the Arch of Triumph of the Star. The arch is 50 meters (164 feet) high and 45 meters (148 feet) wide.

The names of all French triumphes and generals are inscribed on the archs inner and outer surface areas, while the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I lies underneath its vault. The tombs flame is rekindled every evening as a symbol of the long-lasting nature of the celebration and respect revealed to those who have fallen in the name of France.
The Arc de Triomphes location at the Place Charles de Gaulle positions it at the heart of the capital and the western terminus of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées (visible in the bottom-right of the image). Often referred to as the most beautiful avenue on the planet, the Champs-Élysées is understood for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, as the surface of the Tour de France cycling race, as well as for its yearly Bastille Day military parade.
This image, captured on April 9, 2022, was provided by Planet SkySat– a fleet of 21 extremely high-resolution satellites capable of gathering images several times during the day. SkySats satellite imagery, with 50 cm spatial resolution, is high enough to focus on areas of fantastic interest, identifying items such as automobiles and shipping containers.

SkySat information, together with PlanetScope (both owned and operated by Planet Labs), serve numerous commercial and governmental applications. These information are now offered through ESAs Third Party Mission program– making it possible for researchers, scientists, and business from worldwide the capability to access Planets high-frequency, high-resolution satellite information for non-commercial use.
Within this program, Planet signs up with more than 50 other missions to add near-daily PlanetScope images, 50 cm SkySat imagery, and RapidEye archive information to this global network.
Peggy Fischer, Mission Manager for ESAs Third Party Missions, commented, “We are really happy to welcome PlanetScope and SkySat to ESAs Third Party Missions portfolio and to start the distribution of the Planet information through the ESA Earthnet Program.
” The high-resolution and high-frequency images from these satellite constellations will supply an important resource for the European R&D and applications neighborhood, greatly benefiting research and service opportunities across a wide variety of sectors.”
To learn more on how to apply to the Earthnet Program and start with Planet information, click on this link.
The image is also featured on the Earth From Space video program embedded above.