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Images of the Harris Fire Taken from the NASA Ikhana Unmanned Airplane
10.24.07
 
NASA's Ikhana unmanned research aircraft flew over several of the Southern California wildfires Wednesday, Oct. 24, with its sophisticated thermal-infrared imaging equipment peering through smoke and haze to record high-quality imagery of the hot spots. The imagery is processed on board, downlinked and overlaid on Google Earth maps at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California, and then made available by the National Interagency Fire Center to incident commanders in the field to aid them in allocating their fire-fighting resources. The mission was controlled by pilots remotely from a ground control station at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

Images of the Harris fire taken from the NASA Ikhana Mission on Oct. 24, 2007. Image Left: The 3-D image was taken at 10:21 a.m. PDT over the Harris Fire in San Diego County, looking north. The hot spots (in yellow) are concentrated on the ridgeline in the left center of the photo.


Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Forest Service
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Images of the Harris fire taken from the NASA Ikhana Mission on Oct. 24, 2007. Image Left: Thermal-infrared imaging sensors on NASA's Ikhana unmanned research aircraft acquired this image at 2:24 p.m. PDT Oct. 25 over the Harris Fire in San Diego County in Southern California. The colorized image is a mosaic of images looking south, draped over the terrain and shown in 3D. The active wildfire fronts are in yellow and red, while hot, previously burned areas are in shades of dark red and purple. Unburned areas are shown in green hues.


Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Forest Service
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Images of the Harris fire taken from the NASA Ikhana Mission on Oct. 24, 2007. Image Left: Thermal-infrared imaging sensors on NASA's Ikhana unmanned research aircraft recorded this image of the Grass Valley / Slide Fire near Lake Arrowhead / Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California just before noon Oct. 25. The 3-D processed image is a colorized mosaic of images draped over terrain, looking east. Active fire is seen in yellow, while hot, previously burned areas are in shades of dark red and purple. Unburned areas are shown in green hues.


Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Forest Service
Click on the image for full-resolution.

Images of the Harris fire taken from the NASA Ikhana Mission on Oct. 24, 2007. Image Left: Thermal-infrared imaging sensors on NASA's Ikhana unmanned research aircraft recorded this image of the Grass Valley / Slide Fire near Lake Arrowhead / Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California just before noon Oct. 25. The 3-D processed image is a colorized mosaic of images draped over terrain, looking east. Active fire is seen in yellow, while hot, previously burned areas are in shades of dark red and purple. Unburned areas are shown in green hues.


Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Forest Service
Click on the image for full-resolution.

Images of the Harris fire taken from the NASA Ikhana Mission on Oct. 24, 2007. Image Left: Thermal-infrared imaging sensors on NASA's Ikhana unmanned research aircraft recorded this image of the Grass Valley / Slide Fire near Lake Arrowhead / Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California just before noon Oct. 25. The 3-D processed image is a colorized mosaic of images draped over terrain, looking east. Active fire is seen in yellow, while hot, previously burned areas are in shades of dark red and purple. Unburned areas are shown in green hues.


Photo Credit: NASA/U.S. Forest Service
Click on the image for full-resolution.



+ Related News Release http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/missions/2007/Aurigid.html.