Some features of this site are not compatible with your browser. Install Opera Mini to
better experience this site.
This page contains archived content and is no longer being updated. At the time of publication, it represented the best available science. However, more recent observations and studies may have rendered some content obsolete.
This Multiangle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR) image of five
Hawaiian Islands was acquired by the instrument's vertical-
viewing (nadir) camera on June 3, 2000.
The image shows the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and
Kahoolawe. The prevailing Pacific trade winds bring higher levels
of rainfall to the eastern slopes of the islands, leading to a
greater abundance of vegetation on the windward coasts. The small
change in observation angle across the nadir cameras field-of-
view causes the right-hand portion of the image to be more
affected by Sun glint, making the ocean surface appear brighter.
Oahu is the westernmost of the islands seen in this image.
Waikiki Beach and the city of Honolulu are located on the
southern shore, to the west of Diamond Head caldera.
MISR is one of several Earth-observing instruments on the Terra
satellite, launched in December 1999. The Terra spacecraft, the
flagship of a fleet of satellites dedicated to understanding our
global environment, is part of NASA's Earth Sciences Enterprise,
a long-term research program dedicated to understanding how
human-induced and natural changes affect our world.