Goddard Sunset

June 07, 2001


Provided by: Jim Foster, NASA/GSFC
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

Goddard Space Flight Center's newest science building, the Earth Sciences Building, is silhouetted against the fading twilight sky on the above photo. All of the colors except red have been removed by atmospheric scattering. The Sun's light, when it's on the horizon, must travel through a greater distance of the atmosphere, which removes the shorter wavelength of light, illuminating the cirrus clouds in crimson.

Opened in the summer of 1998, the Earth Sciences Building houses more than 700 people who work in three main research laboratories; atmospheric science, terrestrial physics, and hydrospheric processes.

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