PIA13732: Fire in Haifu, Israel
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Terra
 Spacecraft:  Terra
 Instrument:  ASTER
 Product Size:  1230 x 1107 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA13732.tif (4.089 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA13732.jpg (317.2 kB)

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From Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, 2010, a deadly forest fire raged in Israel's Carmel region near the city of Haifa. With the assistance of foreign firefighters, the blaze was stopped before it could threaten Haifa. This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) image was acquired on Dec. 9, and shows the burned areas in dark gray. Vegetation is depicted in various shades of green, and bare fields are gray-green. The image is located at 32.7 degrees north latitude, 35.0 degrees east longitude. The image covers an area of 16.6 by 18..5 kilometers (10.3 by 11.4 miles)

With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region and its high spatial resolution of 15 to 90 meters (about 50 to 300 feet), ASTER images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched Dec. 18, 1999, on Terra. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and data products.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER provides scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping and monitoring of dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are: monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

The U.S. science team is located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C.

More information about ASTER is available at http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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