NASAs Terra spacecraft shows Aldan, the administrative center of the Aldansky District in Siberia, Russia. It was founded in 1923 after discovery of rich gold and uranium deposits.

Aldan is the administrative center of the Aldansky District in Siberia, Russia. It was founded in 1923 after discovery of rich gold and uranium deposits. The city can be seen at the bottom of the image. To the north, squiggly tracks in the rivers are the spoilage piles from dredging operations. In the upper right are numerous tailings piles from conventional strip and underground mining operations. The image was acquired July 31, 2019, covers an area of 30.8 by 53 km, and is located near 58.6 degrees north, 125.4 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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