Guided Tour of LIMA Flyover

  • Released Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:54PM
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In 2007, more than 1,100 Landsat 7 images were used to create the first ever, high-resolution, true color map of Antarctica. The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is a virtually cloud-free, 3-D view of Antarctica's frozen landscape produced by NASA, working with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey and the British Antarctic Survey.

Visualizers stitched together Landsat 7 satellite imagery acquired in 1999 and 2001 with a digital elevation model and field data measurements.

Version of the guided tour of the area surrounding McMurdo Station in Antarctica using the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) created for the National Science Foundation Visualization Competition.

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  • Landsat

    ID: 47
  • Landsat-7 LIMA (Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica)

    ID: 599
    Mosaic Collected with ETM+ NASA/GSFC, British Antarctic Survey, USGS EROS Data Center

    Mosaicing to avoid clouds produced a high quality, nearly cloud-free benchmark data set of Antarctica for the International Polar Year from images collected primarily during 1999-2003.

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