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Greek fires seen by SPOT 5 satellite


Paris/Toulouse, 26 August 2009 - The SPOT 5 satellite acquired on the afternoon of 25th August from an orbit at 800 km an image over Greece. This latest high resolution satellite image (10 metres) shows the precise extent of the areas affected by the forest fires.

The image is being used as part of the programme launched by Europe and its member states to help Greece combat the forest fires.

The Spot satellites, manufactured by Astrium, are operated by the Astrium Services subsidiary Spot Image.

As well as their operational use in giving detailed information about the extent of damage across large areas, satellite images also help the wider public see first hand the impact of major catastrophes and build awareness of the need to protect the environment and ensure the safety and security of those affected.


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