Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, with the Austfonna glacier clearly visible, April 28, 2016.
Copernicus Sentinel/ESA
By Daniel White
April 28, 2016

The latest European space radar produced its first image Thursday, after only being online for two hours.

Sentinel-1B launched April 25 and produced the image after deploying its 12 meter-long radar (about 39 feet)—a record time for a space radar, according to the European Space Agency.

The first image is of the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard, with the Austfonna glacier visible.

The ESA, an intergovernmental body dedicated to European space exploration, operates the Copernicus program, which Sentinel-1B is a part of. Copernicus is the largest single earth observation mission, according to the ESA, and is comprised of multiple satellites that monitor the Earth below.

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