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Olympics 2012

Jul 27, 2012

The 2012 Olympic games took place in London, between 27 July and 12 August and so we took the opportunity to feature related imagery during the events. 

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14 August 2012

While the games have now finished, ESA managed to capture a view of the site shortly before it ended. This black and white image was captured by the High Resolution Camera aboard PROBA-1 on 11 August.

Olympic Park, PROBA-1

Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)


03 August 2012

Back to views of the Olympic Park under development, with this image from GeoEye. Acquired on 25 May 2012 by the GeoEye-1 satellite, the image shows the finishing touches being made to the stadium and other venues.

GeoEye view of Olympic stadium

Credit: GeoEye satellite image


01 August 2012

This article from the Google Earth blog demonstrates the features Google has released for the Olympics, which include some 3D views of the location.

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31 July 2012

NASA took a unique look at the Olympic location, in this night-time image from the Suomi NPP satellite, acquired on 27 March 2012.

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day Night Band and MODIS Blue Marble data.

This image highlights the locations of Olympic events in and around the bright centre of London, in southern England.


30 July 2012

Seen from the high resolution WorldView-2 satellite, this image shows the Olympic Park on 23 July, just days before the Games began.

Credit: © DigitalGlobe/European Space Imaging

The red object visible next to the stadium is the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a sculpture created especially for the games. It is the largest piece of art in Britain, and also serves as an observation tower.


27 July 2012

This pansharpened Pleaides image shows the Olympic Park during the commissioning phase in May. 

Credit: CNES 2012 Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A., France, all rights reserved

Astrium also offer images from the SPOT 5 and Formosat 2 satellites during the development of the site. View the gallery

Construction of the Olympic Park officially begain in 2008, but preparations and development of the site took place several years before. The centre of the Park is located in Stratford, in the Newham borough of London.