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MODIS Viewer

MODIS Viewer

NASA Logo Welcome to the MODIS Browser at NASA Langley

This website provides near real-time as well as historical MODIS multi-spectral imagery over the Continental US. The archive dates back to Dec 2, 2002. Use the pull down menus above to select and search a MODIS image.


Spacecraft with MODIS instrument The MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument flys on board the NASA TERRA and AQUA spacecraft. The TERRA and AQUA satellites were launched in Dec 18, 1999 and May 4, 2002 respectively. The sun synchronous polar orbiters (98° inclination) have an equatorial crossing time at 10:30am (TERRA) and 1:30pm (AQUA) local time.
The TERRA and AQUA MODIS direct broadcast data is received thru SSEC (U.WISC) X-Band Antenna. All MODIS imagery on this website are generated at NASA Langley using the McIDAS (Man computer Interactive Data Access System) software.



The Virginia MODIS (modis_va) domain has been discontinued effective 2013/09/28.



Archive List:   USA   VA

You can use the product viewer to examine our Composite North Pole Modis domain
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