SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Hellish Cloud, Mars Devil, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Hellish Cloud, Mars Devil, More
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August 18, 2009--A recently released ASTER satellite image shows the dark blue ribbon of the Lhasa River, also called Kyi Chu, cutting through the capital city of Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. At 11,450 feet (3,490 meters) above sea level, Lhasa is one of the highest world capitals.

The Japanese-built ASTER satellite is part of a NASA mission designed to study changes in Earth's surface over time, including glacial retreat, crop stress, and temperature shifts.
— Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
 
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