Polar Portrait

FALSE COLOR IMAGE created by NEAR's multispectral imager on January 23, 1998 shows Antarctica and the surrounding southern ocean. NEAR researchers used blue, green and infrared filters to highlight differences between rock, water and vegetation. Ice, snow and storms appear as various shades of white. The red on the right side of the image is vegetation in southern South America; nearby brown areas are deserts. The smallest feature visible is approximately 12 miles (20 kilometers) in size.


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