3-D View of Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of North America's most spectacular geologic features. Carved primarily by the Colorado River over the past six million years, the canyon sports vertical drops of 5,000 feet and spans a 445-kilometer-long stretch of Arizona desert. Image Credit:NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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If schedule or budget have kept you from visiting the Grand Canyon this summer, you can still enjoy the stunning features created by the Colorado River over the centuries, courtesy of NASA.

A new image shows a simulated true-color perspective view of the Arizona natural wonder. Facing north-northeast, the view is dominated by the North Rim, and it is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) wide at the horizon. Grand Canyon Village is on the lower right of the image, and the Bright Angel Trail is visible as it crosses the Tonto Plateau. The trail also goes to Phantom Ranch, the green area across the Colorado River.

The image was taken by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, an imaging instrument flying on NASA's Terra satellite.

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The Terra spacecraft, the flagship of a fleet of satellites dedicated to understanding our global environment, is part of NASA's Earth Sciences Enterprise, a long-term research program dedicated to understanding how human-induced and natural changes affect our world.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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