Recalling 9/11 from space: satellite imagery depicts devastation in New York City 19 years ago


On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked two planes and flew and crashed into twin towers in lower Manhattan, New York Manhattan, killing 2,606 people – and satellites captured the horrifying scene from space.

One image shows a massive smoke haul from where the buildings once stood, seen by the International Space Station (ISS) about 250 miles above the surface.

A satellite equipped with an infrared band uncovered several hot spots blazing around the ground following the attack and caught another white dust the next day after the devastation.

In honor of the 19th anniversary, NASA shared satellite images of lower Manhattan, as it appears today, as well as a shot by astronaut Frank Culbertston, a witness to that terrible day aboard the ISS.

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In honor of the 19th anniversary, NASA shared satellite images of lower Manhattan as it appears today (pictured)

In honor of the 19th anniversary, NASA shared a shot taken by astronaut Frank Culbertston, which was seen 19 years ago on 9/11 in the ISS – if you swipe right you can see satellite images of lower Manhattan Can see as it looks today

The satellite images supersede the attacks on September 11 and the destruction over the next few weeks.

Spot satellite was flying over Manhattan about three hours after the plane crashed into the towers.

It was about 11:30 a.m. ET, 20 minutes before Rudolph Giuliani, at the time ordered to evacuate lower Manhattan and about an hour after the Second Tower fell.

The device is equipped with infrared technology, which has exposed fire sites in the vicinity of the catastrophe.

It was about 11:30 a.m. ET, 20 minutes before Rudolph Gilliani, who was mayor of New York at the time, ordered the lower Manhattan to be evacuated and about an hour after the second tower collapsed.  This device is equipped with infrared technology, which exposed fire spots (red dots) in the vicinity of the catastrophe

It was about 11:30 a.m. ET, 20 minutes before Rudolph Gilliani, who was mayor of New York at the time, ordered the lower Manhattan to be evacuated and about an hour after the second tower collapsed. This device is equipped with infrared technology, which exposed fire spots (red dots) in the vicinity of the catastrophe

The Landsat 7 satellite captured the scene on September 12 (left) using its augmented Thematic Mapper Plus, allowing it to see smoke rising from the ground.  Two years later, the satellite took a picture of the same location
Two years later, the satellite snapped an image of the same location (on the right)

The Landsat 7 satellite captured the scene on 12 September using its Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus, allowing it to spot smoke rising from the ground. If you swipe to the right, the satellite took a picture of the same place two years later

The Landsat 7 satellite captured the scene on 12 September using its Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus, allowing it to spot smoke rising from the ground.

Maxar’s IKONOS satellite spoke an image of ground zero on the same day as Landsat, but with its high-resolution capabilities, the image shows a complex description of the financial district.

Where the World Trade Center Towers once stood, a huge cloud of white dust can be seen.

IKONOS took another image on 15 September, giving the world a closer look at Ground Zero, which was nothing more than debris and dust.

Maxar's Iconos satellite shattered an image of ground zero on the same day as Landsat, but with its high-resolution capabilities, the image shows a complex description of the financial district

Maxar’s Iconos satellite shattered an image of ground zero on the same day as Landsat, but with its high-resolution capabilities, the image shows a complex description of the financial district

IKONOS took another image on 15 September, giving the world a closer look at ground zero, which was nothing more than debris and dust

IKONOS took another image on 15 September, giving the world a closer look at ground zero, which was nothing more than debris and dust

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offered its services to the authorities after the attacks, but created a 3D model of the surrounding area.  The organization used LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to create a digital surface model to help locate structures, including ladders, lift shafts, and basements.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offered its services to the authorities after the attacks, but created a 3D model of the surrounding area. The organization used LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to create a digital surface model to help locate structures, including ladders, lift shafts, and basements.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offered its services to the authorities after the attacks, but created a 3D model of the surrounding area.

The organization used LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to create a digital surface model to help locate structures including stairs, lift shafts, and basements.

The NOAA Cessna Citation II jet mapped Zero using aerial photography with LEAR technology.

Flights began on 23 September 2001 and ended on 15 October 2001, each lasting four hours.

Along with the attack in New York City, two other American airplanes were also hijacked by terrorists.

A crash occurred at the Pentagon, killing 184 people – including passengers on the plane.

United Airlines flight 93 was scheduled for the White House, but 39 passengers boarded the plane and took off – it crashed in an area n Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

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