Earth - NEAR

Antarctica and South America from 256,000 km

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 256,000 km at roughly 16:40 UT on 23 January 1998. The image was produced from pictures taken through blue, green and infrared filters. Storm clouds and sea ice surround the continent of Antarctica, which is roughly 3500 km from top to bottom in this image. The southern portion of South America can be seen at the right, with the red areas representing vegetation and the browner areas desert. The smallest feature visible in the full image is about 15 km in size. (NEAR Earth 199801231640)
Full resolution size: 86K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1998-01-23 T 16:40
Distance/Range (km): 256,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -90., 0.
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
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

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: NEAR_199801231640
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015