Thursday, April 14, 2005
Picture of Mount Cotopaxi from a space shuttle radar
NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) imaged Mt. Cotopaxi during the shuttle Endeavour’s spaceflight in February 2000. Endeavour mapped elevations on most of the Earth’s land surface during the mission. There have been more than 50 eruptions of Mt. Cotopaxi, which sits in a highly active and dangerous volcanic region of the Andes mountain chain, since 1738.
With a resolution of 25 meters by 25 meters, the blue and green areas correspond to the lowest elevations in the image, while beige, orange, red, and white represent increasing elevations.