Look: 9 stunning images reveal a retired satellite's dynamic views of Earth

R.I.P Copernicus Sentinel-1B.

Satellite shot of the Barents Sea and Svalbard archipelago in rich teals and blues.
Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data [2016], processed by ESA

ESA/ATG medialab

For almost five years, the Copernicus Sentinel 1-B satellite monitored and photographed our planet from above.

But 8 months ago, the satellite stopped working properly.


After trying and failing to fix this set of eyes in the sky, the European Space Agency announced that the satellite has been shut down.