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View ISS001-E-5317_2.JPG 5350225149 No No
View ISS001-E-5317.JPG 200623400400 Yes Yes Photographic Highlights
View ISS001-E-5317.JPG 214858961639 No No From STIC
View ISS001-E-5317.JPG 359885540540 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View ISS001-E-5317_2.JPG 381604540667 Yes Yes Publisher RequestWorld Atlas of Coral Reefs Publication
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Mission: ISS001 Roll: E Frame: 5317 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS01
Country or Geographic Name: BELIZE
Center Point: Latitude: 18.0 Longitude: -88.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)


Camera Tilt:
Camera Focal Length: mm
Camera: E2: Kodak DCS460 Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.


Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)


GMT Date: 20010123 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: , Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:
Sun Azimuth: (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: nautical miles (0 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
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ISS001-E-5317 Chetumal Bay, Ambergris Cay
Chetumal Bay lies on the Border between Mexico and Belize. To the east of the bay, Ambergris Cay connects the Belize Barrier Reef to the Yucatan Peninsula. The north of the island is Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. Here, the barrier reef comes very close to the east side of the island. In 1998, reefs in Belize were hit by two major events that led to heavy coral mortality: El Niņo-related
coral bleaching and Hurricane Mitch.

Astronaut photographs of coral reefs are being used to provide perspective on coral reef geography, coastal development, and related land habitats. Numerous photographs taken by astronauts were included in the recently published World Atlas of Coral Reefs (click to read the recent press release). Coral reef images acquired by astronauts can also be used as mapping data in more
detailed remote sensing applications.

Images of coral reef areas are being acquired by astronauts on Space Station Alpha as part of the Crew Earth Observations Project. Coral reefs are one of the areas selected as a scientific theme for this project (see also the recent Earth Observatory article, Mapping the Decline of Coral Reefs).

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