PIA00226: Global View of Earth in the Near-Infrared

Global View of Earth in the Near-Infrared


This near-infrared photograph of the Earth was taken by the Galileo spacecraft at 6:07 a.m. PST on Dec. 11, 1990, at a range of about 1.32 million miles. The camera used light with a wavelength of 1 micron, which easily penetrates atmospheric hazes and enhances the brightness of land surfaces. South America is prominent near the center; at the top, the East Coast of the United States, including Florida, is visible. The West Coast of Africa is visible on the horizon at right.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Earth
System Earth
Target Type Earth
Mission Galileo
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Grayscale, Haze, Infrared
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-02-08
Date in Caption 1990-12-11
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00226
Identifier PIA00226