Greens, browns of Africa and Europe shine in new satellite photo

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A new weather satellite just beamed its first image of Earth back home, and it is beautiful

Europe’s MSG-4 satellite captured the colorful view of Earth from its position in geostationary orbit. The weather satellite’s new image of Earth, which shows the greens and browns of Africa and Europe, is the craft’s first image of the planet, released on August 4.

MSG-4 is currently in a six month commissioning phase of its mission after the craft launched to space on July 15

Once MSG-4 finishes up its commissioning, it will be re-named Meteosat-11 and will hang out in space, in a sort of hibernation, until one of the other Meteosats needs to be replaced. It will become part of the third generation of these satellites starting in 2019. Read more…

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