Santa Barbara, Calif.
This image of the Santa Barbara, California, region provides a beautiful snapshot of the area's rugged mountains and long and varied coastline. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/NIMA/USGS
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See the Santa Barbara, Calif., coast and nearby mountains as an airplane pilot might in a short computer animation created with data from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. This video is online at:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/?search=&video_category=&video_destinations=Earth

Two still images from the movie, featuring Mt. Pinos and the coastline, are also available online at:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/?search=california&category=Earth

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, which flew onboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in February 2000, gathered topographic elevation data over approximately 80 percent of Earth's land mass during its ten-day flight. The results of the mission will be the most extensive high-resolution database of Earth's topography.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.