PROBA-2 microcamera views Hurricane Isaac
An experimental camera smaller than an espresso cup on ESA's PROBA-2 microsatellite caught this view of soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac as it moved west of the Florida coast into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. The small satellite's X-Cam - Exploration Camera - acquired this image at 11:38:33 GMT on 27 August.
At the time, Isaac was a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of around 100 km/hr, with storm-force winds extending around 360 km from its centre.
Less than a cubic metre in size, PROBA-2's main mission focuses on observing the Sun and space weather.
Observing in the visible and near-infrared with a 100º field of view, the monochrome X-Cam is housed on the underside of the microsatellite, one of 17 new technologies being demonstrated by PROBA-2.
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Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)