June 20, 2011
This 70mm frame, photographed through the aft flight deck windows of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, features the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL) payload in the cargo bay over ocean waters. The inset photo shows a portion of Rabaul, New Guinea which was acquired by the Spacebourne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR), also aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, on October 11, 1994, a little less than a month after a volcano eruption that displaced some 53,000 inhabitants. SRTM will also utilize the services of Endeavour.
Topics: Environment, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, Radar, Manned spacecraft, TerraSAR-X, STS-68, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Edwards Air Force Base, Synthetic aperture radar, Space Shuttle, Spaceflight