ASTER's Science Objectives

ASTER's Science Objectives
  • Credit:

    Susan Gonnelli, NASA TV GSFC

At very high resolution, the ASTER instrument will observe and measure cloud properties, land vegetation and other land surface features, surface minerology, soil properties, surface temperature, and landscape topography. This artist's concept animation shows ASTER measuring a receding glacier, urban sprawl, and the emissions of an active volcano-three key objectives among ASTER's many research applications.

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  • Data Date:

    December 7, 1999
  • Visualization Date:

    December 7, 1999
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - ASTER
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration