A decade after the first shuttle radar imaging
mission, Shuttle Radar Imaging-A, the third in the series launches
aboard the space shuttle. On this mission, JPL's Spaceborne Imaging
Radar-C is combined with a German-Italian system called X-Band Synthetic
Aperture Radar, which uses a higher-frequency radar than the American
The mission flies until April 20. Images
from the instrument, which flies again September 30 to October 11,
are still being processes and analyzed in 2002.