Long Term Archive
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is one of a number of instruments on board the Terra platform, which was launched in December 1999. ASTER provides fourteen spectral bands with 15- to 90-meter resolutions depending on the band(s). ASTER does not acquire data continuously; its sensors are activated only to collect specific scenes upon request.
The instrument consists of three separate telescopes; each provides a different spectral range and resolution. The VNIR (visible and near-infrared) sensor provides 4 bands at 15-meter resolution. The SWIR (short-wave infrared) sensor provides 6 bands at 30-meter resolution. The TIR (thermal infrared) sensor provides 5 bands at 90-meter resolution. The swath width for all sensors is 60 kilometers.
ASTER data distributed from the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center is available in the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection, with a resampling method of cubic convolution for daytime scenes and nearest neighbor for nighttime scenes. Files are in the HDF-EOS or GeoTIFF format with the exception of ASTER Level-3 products, which are available in GeoTIFF only.
ASTER Products are subject to the appropriate band availability. Approved NASA supported researchers and their affiliates, educational users, and Federal partners may order ASTER data from the LP DAAC:
ASTER Scene Requests are also available because ASTER data is not acquired on a continuous basis, and the sensors collect specific scenes as tasked. Authorized investigators can request the acquisition of a particular scene(s), although each request is subject to approval by the ASTER Science Team. For information on obtaining ASTER request privileges, see the ASTER User Authorization site.
For information on how to cite USGS data plus guidance on usage restrictions,
please see our Data Citations and Use page at https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/citation.
Long Term Archive User Services
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001
Phone Number: 605-594-6151
Toll Free: 800-252-4547
Business Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Central Time