9/11 Remembered in Space Photos

Smoke Plume Rising from Manhattan 7


One of a series of pictures of metropolitan New York City taken by one of the Expedition Three crew members onboard the International Space Station (ISS) at various times during the day on September 11, 2001. A smoke plume rises from the Manhattan area where the World Trade Center was destroyed. The orbital outpost was flying at an altitude of approximately 250 miles.

NASA's Terra Satellite 9/11 Image

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Terra Satellite True-Color Image, taken Sept. 12, 2001 by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Terra Satellite.

World Trade Center Aftermath as Seen by IKONOS Satellite


Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite collected this image of Manhattan, New York at 11:54 a.m. EDT on Sept. 15, 2001. The image shows the remains of the 1,350-foot towers of the World Trade Center, and the debris and dust that settled throughout the area. IKONOS orbits 423 miles above the Earth's surface at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.

NOAA Digital Surface Models Created by the LIDAR System September 28, 2001


Digital Surface Models created by the LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system provide very accurate 3-dimensional positioning of the building structures and the surrounding area. The 3-D models, in this case, have helped to locate original support structures, stairwells, elevator shafts, basements, and other features.

World Trade Center Aftermath as Seen by IKONOS Satellite


This one-meter resolution photo of Manhattan, New York was collected at 11:43 a.m. EDT on Sept. 12, 2001 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. The image shows an area of white dust and smoke at the location where the 1,350-foot towers of the World Trade Center once stood. IKONOS travels 423 miles above the Earth's surface at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.

NASA's Terra Satellite Shows the Fire Plume from Manhattan


Image from NASA's Terra Satellite shows the fire plume from Manhattan after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. These images were put together from Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. They were taken from an altitude between 620 and 876 nautical miles above the Earth's surface.

Sept. 12, 2001: The Day After

USGS Landsat 7 team, at the EROS Data Center

Smoke can still be seen at the site at around 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, in this image from the Landsat 7 satellite.

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