LATEST FEATURED IMAGE FROM ASTER:
Henderson Island, South Pacific
Uninhabited Henderson Island is part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group in the South Pacific. According to a study by the University of Tasmania, the island has the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world. Read More. Updated on 6/15/2017
APRIL 1, 2016
All ASTER data products are now available at no charge to all users
In a joint announcement by the US and Japan, the entire ASTER archive was opened to the public. Any scene, and all derived products, can be ordered by anyone.
Click on the link to Get ASTER Data for information about data browse-and-ordering sites
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is an imaging
instrument onboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA's Earth Observing System
(EOS) launched in December 1999.
ASTER is a cooperative effort between NASA, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry (METI), and Japan Space Systems
(J-spacesystems). ASTER data is used to create detailed maps of land surface temperature, reflectance,
and elevation. The coordinated system of EOS satellites, including Terra, is a major component
of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and the
Earth Science Division.
The goal of NASA Earth Science is to develop a scientific understanding of the Earth as an
integrated system, its response to change, and to better predict variability and trends in climate,
weather, and natural hazards.