MTV Takes to the Air

MTV Takes to the Air
  • Credit:

    NASA GSFC Landsat/LDCM EPO Team
On August 1, 1981 the New York City-based Music Television—or MTV—network was launched. Suddenly music videos became a major part of the music landscape. In this Landsat 2 image the built areas of New York appear a blackish-pink, vegetation is green, and water is black (the Hudson River appears a reddish-black). Central Park is the long rectangular green shape in the middle of Manhattan.

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  • Data Date:

    April 10, 1981
  • Visualization Date:

    May 17, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Landsat 2
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration