Gallery: Images

SMAP instrument
SMAP Instrument
[25-Jan-2018] The deployable mesh reflector is offset from nadir and rotates about the nadir axis at 14.6 rpm, providing a conically scanning antenna beam with a surface incidence angle of 40°. The 6 m (20 foot) antenna is made of gold-coated mesh. The gold-colored feedhorn sends out radar pings and receives radar returns. It also collects microwave emission from the same points Earth's surface for the radiometer.

View: Click on the image to enlarge. Click on the Escape key or anywhere outside the shadowbox to close.

Download: To download a copy, right click on the image and select Save Image As (on a Mac keyboard, click the touchpad while holding down the Control key). To download the highest resolution in our database, first click on the image to enlarge and then save that version.