Earth - NEAR
Antarctica and South America
This false color image centered on Antarctica was taken by
the NEAR spacecraft shortly after closest approach on its
Earth flyby. The image was taken from a distance of about
220,000 km at roughly 15:20 UT on 23 January 1998. The
image was produced from pictures taken through blue, green
and infrared filters. The southern portion of South America
can be seen at the upper right, with the red areas
representing vegetation and the browner areas desert.
Storm clouds and sea ice surround the continent of
Antarctica, which is roughly 4500 km from top to bottom.
The smallest feature visible in the full image is about
15 km in size.
(NEAR Earth 199801231520)
Full resolution size:
Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1998-01-23 T 15:20
Distance/Range (km): 220,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -90., 0.
Area or Feature Type: ice, water, clouds
Instrument: Multispectral Imager
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 244 x 537
Instrument Field of View (deg): 2.25 x 2.9
Filter: blue, green, infrared
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_199801231520
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A
Updated 04 April 2003, DRW.