Wildfire in Arizona
A CALIPSO vertical profile from space shows the smoke plume on June 3, 2011 from the wildfires currently raging in Arizona. It is overlaid on an image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on the Terra satellite nine hours later. The data shows that the Wallow Fire smoke plume reached heights of 5 kilometers (3 miles) high. CALIPSO and Terra are part of the "A-Train" constellation of five Earth-observing satellites.
Credit: NASA /Kurt Severance, Jason Tackett and CALIPSO Team
CALIPSO is joint mission between NASA and CNES, the French space agency.