Proba-1 caught sight of the Pyramid of Menkaure (near the center), the Pyramid of Khafre (just below) and the Great Pyramid of Giza (farthest to the left). Cairo's suburbs appear in the grid-like areas around the edges.
There's a ghostly quality to the image as clouds throw shadows on the ground. The Great Pyramid is 455 feet (140 meters) tall, but it looks like a model when seen from space.
Proba-1 snapped the portrait in early January and the ESA shared it this week.
The minisatellite, launched in 2001, is the ESA's longest-serving Earth-observing mission. Proba-1 has been used to monitor everything from glaciers to urban areas in support of scientific studies. This fantastic pyramids image is a delightful bonus.
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