Ground zero: Starting over
Ground zero: Starting over
Photos by Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite showing the World Trade Center complex in Manhattan, New York, collected on June 30, 2011 showing the 110-stories twin towers; on September 15, 2001 showing the remains of the 1,350-foot (411.48-meter) twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the debris and dust that have settled in Ground Zero, four days after the terrorist attacks; and June 8, 2002, showing the progress in the reclamation of Ground Zero where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood.
A man stood in the rubble and called out, asking if anyone needed help, after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. More than 2,700 people were killed when Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked US passenger jets and flew them into the twin towers in New York.
An aerial view of the wreckage at the World Trade Center on Sept. 16, 2001.
Rescue workers prayed with a priest over human remains that had been removed from the rubble of the World Trade Center towers in New York on Sept. 27, 2001. Behind them on the stretcher was another body that had been pulled from the site.
Workers pulled down the remaining south wall of Tower Two of the World Trade Center with cables attached to cranes on Sept. 25, 2001.
Workers climbed over the remains of the World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan, New York, on Sept. 28, 2001.
The Massachusetts National Guard Unit’s lead photographer , Sean Patrick Jennings, created a record of the altered landscape at Ground Zero on Oct. 8, 2001.
Firefighters saluted as remains draped in an American flag were removed from the rubble of the World Trade Center on Oct. 9, 2001.
Firefighters made their way over the ruins of the World Trade Center through clouds of smoke as work continued at ground zero on Oct. 11, 2001, one month after the terrorist attacks.
Sunlight filtered into the still smoldering remains of Tower Two as workers riding in a basket suspended from a giant crane hovered above on Oct. 27, 2001.
Work continued at the site of the World Trade Center disaster at sunrise on Oct. 27, 2001.
Vehicles were found scattered about on Nov. 14, 2001, on a buckled parking garage level underneath the World Trade Center in New York.
A major section of Building 6 collapsed as demolition of the remaining piees of the World Trade Center continued on Dec. 18, 2001.
Firefighters rallied at ground zero on Nov. 2, 2001. Firefighters protested a plan to scale back the number of fire and police personnel searching for remains at the World Trade Center site.
Recovery and cleanup efforts continued on Dec. 22, 2001, after the last standing walls of the twin towers were gone. The Empire State Building is visible at top center.
Recovery workers looked on as heavy machinery helped remove debris on Jan. 12, 2002.
Workers unfolded an American flag on May, 25, 2002, on top of the last standing beam at the site of the World Trade Center disaster in New York a few days before the official end of the recovery effort.
The former site of the World Trade Center, known as ground zero, was seen from the southeast in this photo taken on June 4, 2002.
At ground zero, a lone police officer sat amid the rubble during a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2002.
Lights illuminated ground zero as the sun set over the Manhattan on Sept. 6, 2002.
The original slurry wall of the World Trade Center, showing steel old cement and the new resh cement, was visible on Nov. 19, 2003.
Workers laid the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower on the location of the World Trade Center on July 4, 2004.
An aerial view showed the footprint of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan on Sept. 10, 2004.
People looked out at the former site of the World Trade Center on May 5, 2005. The construction of the Freedom Tower on the site had run into numerous obstacles.
On the east side of the World Trade Center bathtub, the old inbound Hudson & Manhattan Railroad tunnels, which also served as truck ramps for the World Trade Center, were visible on July 16, 2005.
A worker dismantled the T-shaped steel beam, which gained fame as the ground zero cross, on Oct. 5, 2006. The cross was found by a construction worker amid smoking ruins two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Construction workers watched from a ramp as others raised the first of three 25-ton steel columns into position before it was bolted into place on Dec. 19, 2006, a milestone in efforts to build a new office tower to replace the World Trade Center.
Construction continued on the Freedom Tower foundations at the World Trade Center site on June 20, 2008.
The galleria at the World Trade Center, an east-west underground connecting passageway between the Transportation Hub and Battery Park City, was still exposed to daylight during construction on Nov. 18, 2008.
Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks tossed flowers into the Reflecting Pool during a ceremony at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2008.
The survivors’ staircase at the World Trade Center was moved to its permanent spot on Dec. 11, 2008. The Vessey Street staircase was used by many to evacuate the towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
The sunken pool, which marks the site of One World Trade Center, was almost entirely framed out in structural steel, except for its southwest corner in a January 2009 photo.
Workers and officials watched as the historic Last Column (covered in white), the final steel beam from the World Trade Center site, was returned on Aug. 24, 2009, for permanent installation in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Ironworker Eon Mathieson prepared to connect a steel beam on the fourth floor of One World Trade Center on Nov. 17, 2009. The Port Authority changed the name from Freedom Tower to One World Trade Center in 2009.
People watched out the window as construction continued at the World Trade Center site on March 26, 2010, in New York City. A new development agreement was announced after a 16-month stalemate over building at the site.
A 19th-century ship that has been buried for over 100 years was found on July 14, 2010, during construction at the former World Trade Center site. Archeologists worked to uncover, measure, and collect artifacts quickly before the ship would be buried again.
Work in the memorial pools continued on Aug. 27, 2010.
Job site crews poured concrete at One World Trade Center in September 2010.
Looking up at the base of one of the cranes at the One World Trade Center on Aug, 27 , 2010.
Construction continued at the World Trade Center site with the memorial footprints of the twin towers visible on Sept. 7, 2010.
A trumpeter played Taps at ground zero at the end of the ninth annual commemoration ceremony on Sept. 11, 2010.
People stood on the 20th floor restaurant terrace of the World Center Hotel as construction continued on One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on July 8, 2011. The memorial features two reflecting pools on the footprints of the twin towers.
Clouds were reflected in the glass of One World Trade Center on May 11, 2011. The base of the tower was supposed to be covered by prismatic glass panels to cover the bomb-proof concrete, but plans were scrapped.
Tourists looked on as the Fire Department of New York's Ladder Company 3 fire truck, which was responsible for evacuating civilians from the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, was lowered 70 feet by crane to its exhibition space of the National September 11 Memorial Museum on July 20, 2011.
Construction workers lowered the Sept. 11 cross by crane into a subterranean section of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on July 23, 2011. The cross is an intersecting steel beam discovered in the World Trade Center rubble which served as symbol of spiritual recovery in the aftermath of 9/11.
The north pool waterfall was tested as work continued on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site on June 30, 2011. The memorial features two reflecting pools on the footprints of the twin towers. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
Two steel beams known as the tridents from the original World Trade Center tower were visible inside the National September 11 Museum during construction on July 28, 2011.
The memorial footprints of the twin towers were visible on Aug. 12, 2011, as construction continued.
One World Trade Center stood tall during construction on New York's Lower Manhattan skyline, behind the Statue of Liberty, as seen from Bayonne, N.J., on Aug. 6, 2011.