PIA18710: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Terra
 Spacecraft:  Terra
 Instrument:  ASTER
 Product Size:  2238 x 2550 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA18710.tif (17.13 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA18710.jpg (959.4 kB)

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (P-K) is the administrative, cultural, scientific and economic center of Kamchatka Krai, Russia on the Kamchatka Peninsula. P-K is located on the north side of Avacha Bay; this exceptional natural harbor is home to Russia's largest submarine base. P-K was founded by Dutch navigator Vitus Bering in 1740, naming the town after his two ships the St. Peter and the St. Paul. The image was acquired September 29, 2009, covers an area of 33 by 38 km, and is located at 53 degrees north, 158.6 degrees east.

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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