Earth  ID: 11275

One City, 660 Views

For 41 years, USGS-NASA Landsat satellites have collected images of our planet...millions of them. Such images help everyone from scientists to city planners examine how the landscape changes with time. In one patch of desert, where the Rio Grande makes a border between the United States and Mexico, the Landsat fleet has captured hundreds of photo-like natural-color images. They show fields turning green and brown with the season; new urban and suburban developments expanding around El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; changing angles of sunlight; and clouds moving over the neighboring mountains. They also reveal subtle changes in the sensors as technology improves with each generation of satellite. Watch the video to see a multi-decadal, time-lapse view of this desert city.

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Story Credits

Robert Simmon (Sigma Space Corporation)

Video Editor:
Robert Simmon (Sigma Space Corporation)

Robert Simmon (Sigma Space Corporation)
Mike Carlowicz (Sigma Space Corporation)

Lead Scientist:
James R. Irons (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Writers:
Mike Carlowicz (Sigma Space Corporation)
Kate Ramsayer (Telophase)

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Images courtesy of Robert Simmon and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory

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