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Have you ever wanted to track natural events in progress, such as fires, floods and volcanic eruptions, or simply explore the planet through the eyes of a satellite? The European Space Agency has created a website, miravi, which gives access to the most recently acquired images from the world's largest Earth Observation satellite, Envisat.
miravi, short for meris Images RApid VIsualisation, tracks Envisat around the globe, generates images from the raw data collected by Envisat's optical instrument, meris, and provides them online within two hours. The site--http//www.esa.int/miravi--is free and requires no registration. miravi also provides archived images since May 2006, searchable by date.The European Space Agency's Envisat Mission Manager Henri Laur says "The Envisat mission is a great success for Europe as a major source of information on the Earth system, including insights into factors contributing to climate change." Since its launch in 2002, Envisat continuously monitors land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps on Earth, thanks to its ten sophisticated instruments.