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New York Attack - Satellite Images

These images show the smoke plume from the attack on Manhattan’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Note that, beneath several sets of GOES images, there are two MODIS (higher quality polar-orbiting satellite, but later) images showing the smoke plume, and a link to an image from NOAA’s polar-orbiting satellite. More

GOES 8 satellite images

Description   .Gif Images
(large file sizes)
  .Jpg Images
(small file sizes)
10:15 EDT, Visible, 1 km resolution, with overlay   10:15 EDT with overlay

  10:15 EDT with overlay

10:15 EDT, Visible, 1 km resolution, without overlay   10:15 EDT without overlay

  10:15 EDT without overlay

10:39 EDT, Visible, 1 km resolution, with overlay   10:39 EDT with overlay

  10:39 EDT with overlay

10:39 EDT, Visible, 1 km resolution, without overlay   10:39 EDT without overlay

  10:39 EDT without overlay

Perhaps this temporal view from the GOES captures the two individual debris plumes, following the collapse of each tower, all within the course of one hour. These images have been enhanced to more clearly show the progression from just smoke, in the first image, to a puff of white smoke from one explosion, and on through two explosions and back to a merged and much larger smoke plume. One file has a map included; the other does not, as it somewhat obscures the imagery.

With county maps

Without maps

MODIS images

Additional information about MODIS

11:30 EDT, channel 1
11:30 EDT, Visible (channel 1)
  11:30 EDT, channel 2
11:30 EDT, Near Infrared (channel 2)

All images were received and made available by the Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison. If you use any of these images, please credit us, and notify SSEC's Public Information Officer.


Last updated September 12, 2001 by SSEC's Public Information Officer