The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

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Natural Wonders of South Africa 5 – The Cederberg

SPOT6 natural colour imagery acquired 2015 showing the Cederberg mountains and wilderness area. The dominating characteristic of the area is sharply defined sandstone rock formations (Table Mountain group), often reddish in colour. This group of rocks contains bands of shale and in recent years a few important fossils have been discovered in these argillaceous layers. The fossils are of primitive fish and date back 450 million years to the Ordovician Period. In caves and overhangs throughout the area, San rock art can be found, evidence of the earliest human inhabitants. The area is also home to an amateur astronomical observatory, which regularly hosts open evenings for the public.

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SANSA intensifies processing and dissemination of Biophysical Parameters from Sentinel-2

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Sample imagesResponding to the increased user demand of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and other important biophysical parameters from the recently launched Sentinel-2 satellite, SANSA has intensified its processing of Sentinel-2 data to meet these user demands. SANSA is confident that this work will contribute to the Global Climate Observing System's ECVs that are required to monitor current and historical environmental and climate linked phenomena.

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