Pearl Harbor

December 07, 2001


Provided by: NASA/JPL/NIMA (SRTM Mission)

Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack fleet of 33 warships and auxiliary craft, including six aircraft carriers positioned themselves 230 miles north of Oahu for an attack that would write history. Their target - 130 vessels of the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked calmly in Pearl Harbor. Japan and the U.S. have long since settled their differences, but the battleship USS Arizona and memorial straddling its sunken hull commemorate the attack of 60 years ago.

This perspective view of the island of Oahu, combining a Landsat image with Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data, includes downtown Honolulu (right), Honolulu harbor (right), Pearl Harbor (center), and offshore reef patterns (foreground). The Koolau mountain range runs through the center of the image. On the north shore of the island are the Mokapu Peninsula and Kaneohe Bay (upper right). Clouds commonly hang above ridges and peaks of the Hawaiian Islands, and in this rendition appear draped directly on the mountains.

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