Project Description

DEIMOS-2 Image of the Week (acquired 27/12/2014): Maspalomas Dunes, Canary Islands

This image shows the gold Maspalomas dunes located on the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. The dunes are protected as a natural reserve and were selected in the 12 Treasures of Spain context. Seven larger islands and a few smaller ones compose the Canary Island archipelago, located some 95 km from the northwest coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. The islands were once known to the ancient Romans as the Fortunate Islands and named after the large dogs (Canes) found living on the islands. In the southern part of the Canary Island, Gran Canaria, there is the Maspalomas station, with a 15 meters antenna. The station is located in the campus of the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial (INTA) and supports missions for ESA and other international agencies. 
In addition to the 15m antenna, the station provides facilities for tracking, telemetry, telecommand and radiometric measurements.