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Just four days after entering orbit, the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A satellite delivered its first images of Earth. Acquired on June 27, 2015, this first image of Sentinel-2A covers the Po Valley, framed by the Alps to the north and the coastal mountains of France and Italy to the south. Scratches observed over water are …

Sentinel-2A sees Italy as a patchwork of bright colors. Copernicus data (2015) / ESA Earth is already a colorful place, but it becomes surreal when viewed through the eyes of the Sentinel-2A satellite of the European Space Agency. Where human eyes could see swaths of green across the Po Valley in northern Italy, Sentinel-2A sees …