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ASTER Views the Himalaya
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Soaring, snow-capped peaks and ridges of the eastern Himalaya Mountains create an
irregular white-on-red patchwork between major rivers in southwestern China. The
Himalaya are made up of three parallel mountain ranges that together extend more
than 2,900 kilometers.
This scene was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), flying aboard NASA’s
Terra satellite, on February 27, 2002. This false-color composite image was created by
combining near-infrared, red, and green wavelengths (ASTER bands 3, 2, and 1, respectively).
Image provided by the
USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems
Branch as part of the Earth as Art II image series