• Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

The snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya cut across the center of this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image, captured by NASA’sTerra satellite on January 9, 2004. The tiny country of Nepal hosts the world’s highest mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest, which has an elevation of 8,848 meters. China sits on Nepal’s northern border, and India surrounds Nepal on the south, east, and west. In the lower left corner of the image, a pall of thin grey haze has built up at the foot of the Himalaya. Dense white fog has also pooled in the lowlands closest to the mountains.

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  • Data Date:

    January 9, 2004
  • Visualization Date:

    January 21, 2004
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration