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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.