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Images from Space: O'ahu

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Shuttle Photographs

Space Shuttle photograph of the central islands of the Hawaiian chain. From left to right they are Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and (bottom right) Kahoolawe. The bright streaks to the lower left of each island is caused by sun glint off of the calm water on the leeward (downwind) side of the island.

Space Shuttle oblique photograph looking eastward along the island chain. Oahu is the island towards the bottom of the image, with Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island also visible. The limb of the Earth is visible at the top of the image.

Space Shuttle photograph of Oahu, where Honolulu is located. Oahu is 71 x 48 km in size, and is comprised of two old shield volcanoes, the Waianae volcano lies to the west (left in this image) and the Koolau volcano is to the east. The inlet seen on the southern coastline is Pearl Harbor. Just to the right of Pearl Harbor is a long white patch; this is the main runway at Honolulu International Airport.

Space Shuttle telephoto photograph of the southern coastline of Oahu. Pearl Harbor is in the middle of this image, with Honolulu to its right (east). At the far right of this view is a small circular crater. This is Diamond Head Crater.

Landsat Images

This is a Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) image of western Oahu.

SIR-C Images

The Space Shuttle radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) experiment collected this image of SE Oahu. In this image we can see some interesting things, including the heavily eroded southern side of the Koolau range and the different types of vegetation NE of the Pali (see the East Oahu Virtual Field Trips for more details!). Also faintly visible (due to its low radar backscatter) is the Honolulu International Airport at lower left, and Diamond Head at lower right. The area between the airport and Diamond Head is the city of Honolulu, where the many buildings reflect the radar energy very well and so show as bright areas on this radar image. The dark line running through the bright area is the H-1 freeway. This is SIR-C Data Take 100.00 from the 2nd radar flight in October 1994, and combines data collected at L-Band HH (red) L-Band HV (green) and C-Band HV (blue).

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Author: Lori Glaze

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