Early SAFARI Data: Blyde River Canyon, RSA
Images courtesy SAFARI 2000
This image shows the first data returned from the MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS) during the SAFARI 2000 field campaign. The MAS is used to help calibrate the data received from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft. It is carried aboard the ER-2, a high-altitude research aircraft, where it images the Earth’s surface in 50 spectral bands. SAFARI marks the first time that the MAS and MODIS have aquired data simultaneously.
This image is in the area of the Blyde River Canyon. The river cuts across the escarpment that separates South Africa’s highlands (Highveld) and lowlands (Lowveld).