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Two Views of San Francisco Bay
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The left image of this pair was acquired by Multi-angle Imaging
Spectroradiometers (MISR's) nadir camera on
August 17, 2000. Toward the top, and nestled
between the Coast Range and the Sierra Nevadas, are the green fields of
the Sacramento Valley. The city of Sacramento is the grayish area near
the right-hand side of the image. Further south, San Francisco and other
cities of the Bay Area are visible.
On the right is a zoomed-in view of the area outlined by the yellow
polygon. It highlights the southern end of San Francisco Bay, and was
acquired by MISRs airborne counterpart, AirMISR, during an engineering
check-out flight on August 25, 1997. AirMISR flies aboard a NASA ER-2
high-altitude aircraft and contains a single camera that rotates to
different view angles. When this image was acquired, the AirMISR camera
was pointed 70 degrees forward of the vertical. Colorful tidal flats are
visible in both the AirMISR and MISR imagery.
Image Courtesy NASA/GSFC/JPL, MISR and AirMISR Teams