Detail View: NASA Planetary Photo Journal Collection: Icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Title: 
Icebergs in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Original Caption Released with Image: 
Two large icebergs, designated B-15A and C-16, are captured in this MISR nadir camera view of the Ross Ice Shelf and Ross Sea in Antarctica. The image was acquired on December 10, 2000 during Terra orbit 5220. Iceberg C-16 calved off the ice shelf in late September and is nearly 50 kilometers in length. It is seen here having migrated to the vicinity of Cape Bird on Ross Island. The initial letter designation in an iceberg's name denotes the longitudinal quadrant in which it is first seen, and new icebergs sighted in that quadrant are sequentially numbered. B-15 divided from the ice shelf last March, and initially was nearly as large as the state of Connecticut. It has since broken up into several pieces, hence the final letter designation in the berg shown in this image. Ross Island lies between 77 and 78 degrees south latitude, and consists of several volcanic peaks, of which the still active Mt. Erebus is the tallest (3794 meters). It overlooks McMurdo Station, a U.S. research facility located near the tip of the island's Hut Point Peninsula. MISR was built and is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Office of Earth Science, Washington, DC. The Terra satellite is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.
Other Information: 
Image Credit: 
NASA/GSFC/JPL, MISR Team
Produced By: 
JPL
Mission: 
Earth Observing System (EOS)
Spacecraft: 
Terra
Target Name: 
Earth
Is a satellite of: 
Sol (our sun)
Instrument: 
Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR)
Product Size: 
1476 samples x 1681 lines
facet_what: 
EOS
facet_where: 
California
facet_when: 
December 10, 2000
facet_when_year: 
2000
Image #: 
PIA02639
UID: 
SPD-PHOTJ-PIA02639
original url: 
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02639