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Germany's TerraSAR-X radar satellite
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Germany's TerraSAR-X radar satellite circles Earth at an altitude of 514 kilometres in a polar orbit. Using its active antenna, it acquires high-quality X-band radar data over the entire surface of the planet. TerraSAR-X works regardless of weather conditions, cloud cover and the availability of daylight and is able to provide radar images with a resolution down to one metre.
Credit: EADS Astrium.