The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer, MODIS, can see the
Earth red, green, and blue, the colors our eyes see, and many other spectral bands for a total of 36. It measures an unprecedented number
of parameters related to global change including ocean plant life, cloud properties, atmospheric particulates (aerosols) and land surface change.
This image shows the Earth in true color as it appears from Terra. The animation zooms in from this viewpoint
to San Francisco, showing details of vegetation, urban areas, and
sediment in the San Francisco Bay.
Using a collection of satellite images and data, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of Earth’s land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic.