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A suitcase-size satellite's big image of frozen earth below

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Above: Iceye-X1, which weighs less than 220 pounds, uses a technology known as synthetic aperture radar to map Earth's surface.

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Above: A photo provided by Iceye of an image made by the Iceye-X1 satellite showing the Noatak National Preserve in northwest Alaska, on Jan 15.

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ABOUT two weeks ago, a satellite called Iceye-X1 hitched a ride into orbit aboard an Indian rocket. It's about the size of a suitcase and has already sent its first picture, constructed out of microwave radar reflections, back to Earth.

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