Satellite View of Antarctica (image) University of Arizona Caption The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this composite image of Antarctica's ice-covered landscape on January 27, 2009. The surface appears rough where the Transantarctic Mountains curve in a shallow "s" from the shore of the Ross Sea to the Ronne Ice Shelf. The Polar Plateau in the center of the continent is smooth, shaded only by the faint shadow cast by clouds. The Weddell Sea is textured with chunks of sea ice. Download a high-resolution copy of the image here: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=36839 Credit NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Usage Restrictions The photo credit must be used with the image. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.