Holbox Island and the Yalahau Lagoon, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Date:18 July 2012 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Holbox Island and the Yalahau Lagoon on the northeast corner of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula are featured in this image, acquired by the Korea Multipurpose Satellite (Kompsat-2) of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). ESA supports the Kompsat series as a Third Party Mission. Image credit: European Space Agency | KARI

Launched in 2002, the European Space Agency’s Envisat Earth observation satellite is the largest Earth observation spacecraft ever built. Envisat is now retiring after 10 magnificent years – double its planned mission lifetime.

In this wallpaper collection, we feature a very small sample of the formidably large collection of images captured by the eight-ton satellite – equipped with 10 sophisticated optical and radar instruments – in more than 50 000 orbits, together with images from ESA’s so-called “Third Party” missions. Envisat has contributed immeasurably to our knowledge of Earth, its weather patterns, oceans, atmosphere, environmental challenges and myriad other processes.