Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Receding Glaciers

Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Receding Glaciers

Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the highest point in all Africa, was photographed by the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-97 on December 2, 2000 (STS097-701-17). Kilimanjaro (Kilima Njaro or “shining mountain” in Swahili) is capped by glaciers on its southern and southwestern flanks.

The glaciers and snow cap covered a far greater area ten years prior to the view above. Compare the photograph above with a photograph of Kilimanjaro taken in November 1990 by the Space Shuttle mission STS-38 crew.

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  • Data Date:

    December 1, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    April 8, 2001
  • Sensor(s):

    Space Shuttle - Medium Format Camera
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration