Thousands of people in the Sudan lost their homes this
year to the swollen waters of the Nile, which reached their
highest levels in more than two decades. Images from NASA’s
Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer show the rising waters
that threatened residents north of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.
The four views from space show the Nile and its main
tributaries near Khartoum, before and after the rainy seasons
in 2000 and 2001. The images are available online at:

The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, built and
managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.,
is one of several Earth-observing experiments aboard the Terra
satellite, which was launched in December 1999. The instrument
acquires images of Earth at nine angles simultaneously, using
nine separate cameras pointed forward, downward and backward
along its flight path. More information about the Multi-angle
Imaging SpectroRadiometer is available at .

JPL is a division of the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena.