Every shot of PRISMA is a discovery for us: this composition was taken over the Namib Desert, one of the oldest (80 million years old) and driest deserts in the world. It represents an eco-region of greatest interest to geologists and biologists, with a fauna and flora consisting largely of endemic species highly adapted to this particularly hostile environment. Namib territory is largely included in protected natural areas.

The name “Namib” comes from the language of the Nama people who inhabit the region and means “vast place.”

The image on the left is obtained from the visible bands, while the image on the right is obtained from short-wave infrared. This desert extends itself for about 2,000 kilometers along the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa. This area is particularly remote and difficult for navigation because of strong currents.

PRIMSA satellite was successfully launched in 2019 and now it is acquiring, downloading, processing, delivering fundamental images for monitoring our Planet. PRISMA is a satellite developed for the Italian Space Agency by a consortium with OHB Italia S.p.A. as Prime Contractor.
It is the first European Satellite with an hyperspectral instrument and a panchromatic camera on board.

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