NASAs Terra spacecraft shows Berlins old Tegel airport, soon to be replaced in by a new airport, Berlin-Brandenburg, located 19 km southeast of the city in Schönefeld.

Berlin's old Tegel airport will soon be replaced in October (doubtful) by a new airport, Berlin-Brandenburg, located 19 km southeast of the city in Schönefeld. Construction began in 2006. But a mixture of design fiascos and other issues turned Berlin-Brandenburg into a national embarrassment as it missed six opening dates in succession. The main problems were: 1) The original terminal design had to be redrawn with twice the capacity in an issue over the airport company adding airport shopping; 2) The construction planning company went bankrupt (Information courtesy of BBC News). The image was acquired June 13, 2020, covers an area of 25.8 by 30 km, and is located at 52.4 degrees north, 13.5 degrees east.

With its 14 spectral bands from the visible to the thermal infrared wavelength region and its high spatial resolution of about 50 to 300 feet (15 to 90 meters), ASTER images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched Dec. 18, 1999, on Terra. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and data products.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER provides scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping and monitoring of dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are monitoring glacial advances and retreats; monitoring potentially active volcanoes; identifying crop stress; determining cloud morphology and physical properties; wetlands evaluation; thermal pollution monitoring; coral reef degradation; surface temperature mapping of soils and geology; and measuring surface heat balance.

The U.S. science team is located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

More information about ASTER is available at http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/.

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