Although most people associate the Pilgrims with settling Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, their first stop in the New World was actually across Cape Cod Bay in Provincetown. Harboring in the Provincetown Bay and then eventually stepping on land, five weeks later the Pilgrims set sail and arrived in “New” Plymouth, forming America’s second successful settlement. The first Thanksgiving harvest took place the following year, in the fall of 1621.
This satellite image of the Cape Cod Bay area, showing both Provincetown and Plymouth, was taken by the Sentinel-2 satellite on December 21, 2016. Details of the land and coastlines are created by using the satellite’s highly detailed multispectral bands. The Sentinel-2 satellite’s MSI sensor is capable of up to 10 meters/pixel resolution.
This data from Sentinel is made available to NOAA through a partnership with the European Commission’s Copernicus Programme. NOAA CoastWatch uses Sentinel-3 data for coastal applications, including measuring coastal turbidity and ocean color. The synthetic aperture radar sensor on Sentinel-1 is used for measuring surface winds and detecting oil spills.