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9 February 2001 ASTER early science outcome and operation status
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12 The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is a high spatial resolution multispectral imaging radiometer, and is onboard the NASA's Terra spacecraft launched on December 18, 1999. It spectrally covers the visible and near-infrared, short-wave- infrared, and thermal infrared regions with 14 spectral bands, and creates high-spatial-resolution (15-90 m) multispectral images of the Earth's surface. The observation performances of the ASTER instrument were evaluated by the early images, e.g. spatial resolution, modulation transfer functions (MTF), signal-to-noise-ratios (SNRs), band-to-band registrations, and so on. It was confirmed that the ASTER instrument generally exceeds the specified observation performance, and the early images exhibit excellent quality even in the preliminary processing level. In the initial check-out phase, ASTER was operationally used for intensive monitoring of volcanic eruptions in Japan, and successfully provided useful information to volcanologists.
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Hiroji Tsu, Yasushi Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Fujisada, Anne B. Kahle, Isao Sato, Masatane Kato, Hiroshi Watanabe, Masahiko Kudoh, and Moshe Pniel "ASTER early science outcome and operation status", Proc. SPIE 4169, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites IV, (9 February 2001);


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