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Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer MISR
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Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR)

April 2, 2003
This is an artist's rendition of the MISR instrument onboard the Terra Earth-monitoring satellite. No instrument like MISR has flown in space before. Viewing the sunlit Earth simultaneously at nine widely spaced angles, MISR provides ongoing global coverage with high spatial detail. Its imagery is carefully calibrated to provide accurate measures of the brightness, contrast, and color of reflected sunlight.