Citizens of the United States vote today (November 7, 2000) to determine
who will be the next president and vice president of the country, as
well as who will fill a number of congressional and senate seats that
are up for election. This image of the U.S. capital cityWashington,
D.C.was acquired on June 1 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission
and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), a Japanese sensor flying aboard
NASAs Terra spacecraft.
The scene encompasses an area 14 km wide by 13.7 km tall, and was made
using a combination of ASTERs visible and near-infrared channels. In
this image, vegetation appears red, buildings and paved areas appear
light blue, and the waters of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers are dark
grey. ASTERs 15-meter spatial resolution allows us to see individual
buildings, including the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, and the
Washington Monument with its shadow.
George Washington not only served as the namesake for the capital city of the United States, he also chose its location, perhaps envisioning the transportation possibilities that the Potomac River flowing past the site would provide. Recognizable in this image are the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument (and its shadow), and the Lincoln Memorial, along the northeast bank of the Potomac River.