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Paris, the capital city of France, seen from space by the Ikonos satellite. North is at top. The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel, centre right) is casting its shadow towards the River Seine. The Chaillot Palace (Palais de Chaillot, top left) lies to the north-west of a formal garden. Launched in 1999, Ikonos was the first commercial satellite to collect data at one-metre resolution. The satellite, which orbits at an altitude of 681 kilometres, is owned by Space Imaging, Colorado, USA. Image size: around 1x1km.
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